Black Box Download and Analysis

Our ARU team uses Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) hardware and software during investigations. Bosch Crash Data Retrieval hardware and software is used by law enforcement professionals nationwide and has been accepted by courts throughout the United States. The system downloads (images) airbag modules and powertrain control modules located in passenger vehicles and light trucks. The stored data provide an unbiased view of vehicle operation in the seconds before a collision.

Greater than 88% of all model year 2016 and new vehicles are supported by the Bosch CDR tool. This enables the retrieval of data stored in the Event Data Record (EDR) following a crash. The data collected by the CDR system includes; vehicle speed, throttle position, braking, seatbelt usage, and much more. Typically, five (5) seconds of pre-crash data is stored in the EDR. However, data storage varies significantly by year, make, and model. It’s always best to consult with a CDR expert to determine exactly what information can be recovered.

As is the case in most instances, hiring a qualified expert early in the process is can be a major factor in successfully proving or defending your case. The unbiased evidence obtained from airbag modules and powertrain control modules can be a real game changer.