Vear Attends CDR Summit 2015

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Mr. Johnson attended the 2015 CDR Summit in Houston Texas. Topics included GM ignition switch issues, “resetting” modules with deployment events, Toyota trigger writing order, case law, reconstruction examples and input from automotive manufacturers and Bosch.

Vear is committed to staying up to date on the technology and advances in crash data retrieval. Attending industry conferences like “The Summit” is just one of the ways we do that!

Bosch FlexRay Adapter

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.

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Vear’s Sprinter

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In July of 2012, Vear bought a high top, long wheelbase Freightliner Sprinter van due to the ever increasing amount of equipment we carry on a regular basis. Over the next 2 years, (while amassing nearly 70,000 miles) we have tailored it to carry all of our CDR cables, heavy truck engine bench cables, air supply for brake inspections along with tool boxes, and a hydraulic jack. It also houses our Faro scanner and Sokkia total station. It has a Kenwood GPS receiver and backup camera, and GPS fleet monitoring from US Fleet Tracking. AC electrical needs are provided by a Tripp Lite 2000 watt RV inverter. The van is also equipped with LED strobe lights front and rear. Vear’s Sprinter seats 5 and is always ready to go!

Gary Johnson Speaks at TCA Conference in Indianapolis

On May 20th and 21st, Gary Johnson was invited to speak at the Truckload Carriers Association Safety and Security Division Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana – The TCA Conference. Mr. Johnson spoke about the urgency to have a reconstructionist respond to the scene of a crash. He also spoke about Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in heavy trucks and passenger cars. We would like to thank Mr. Duncan Manley of Christian & Small for the invitation to speak at the meeting.