Industry Reacts to New Bosch FlexRay Adapter
Are Accident Reconstruction firms ready for data transfer speeds up to 10 times faster?
Rest assured VEAR is! Consumers of accident reconstruction services should insist on firms who keep up to date on the most cutting edge technology available and invest accordingly.
In the data heavy field of accident reconstruction, progress in technology is inevitable. Sometimes this progress comes in the form of new equipment. In October, Bosch announced a new tool, the CDR 500 FlexRay Adapter. This technology is already in production in BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce vehicles. It will be required for direct to module imaging!
Change comes at a price, and in this case, the price can be as much as $12,000 per year. Aside from the adapter, expenses mount as cables and subscriptions are added to the tab. The cost of the upgrade can range from uncomfortable to prohibitive, especially for firms who need multiple units. Accident reconstruction companies that cannot or choose not to purchase the upgrade will hire out or subcontract that portion of the work. Effects of this process will reduce profitability of those jobs and extend the timeframe required to acquire the data needed to prepare their case for the client.
Ideas for alternate solutions to equipment upgrades in the past have included utilizing association affiliations to co-op purchases and rentals. As the trajectory of data and technology improvements continues to force expensive upgrades more frequently, some alternative to a single provider selling to an exclusive use consumer may be on the horizon.
Until then, consumers of accident reconstruction services should seek firms who can act quickly and independently. Firms who keep up to date on the most cutting edge technology available and invest accordingly.