Can Tesla Data Help Us Understand Car Crashes?

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer is quoted in a New York Times article on an untapped treasure trove of video data that automakers collect on accidents and other incidents involving their vehicles:

"Experts say this data could fundamentally change the way regulators, police departments, insurance companies and other organizations investigate anything that happens on the road, making such investigations more accurate and less costly.

It could also improve the way cars are regulated, giving government officials a clearer idea of what should and should not be allowed. Fatalities on the country’s highways and streets have been climbing in recent years, reaching a 20-year high in the first three months of this year, and regulators are trying to find ways to reverse the trend.

“This can help separate crashes related to technology from crashes related to driver error,” said Bryan Reimer, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in driver-assistance systems and automated vehicles."

Read the full article via the New York Times.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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