A peculiarity of the Tesla is that, in the event of an accident, the car records all the data regarding its driving and encrypts it to protect the privacy of the driver. Now the Netherlands Forensic Institute (or NFI) has discovered a way of decipher that data and use it to determine the causes of those accidents more precisely.
The more data, the more ability to know what happened in an accident
Tesla already releases data when requested by authorities, but what the NFI has achieved through reverse engineering is more than the company typically relents. They have found data What the angle of rotation of the steering wheel, the pressure on the pedal to accelerate or the speed of the car at certain times.
Those responsible have reproduced some of these data with real tests, realizing that the margins of error in data such as speed were less than 1 km / h. Data as accurate as this can help find out who was responsible in an accident: whether the Tesla’s autopilot or its driver.
The government of the Netherlands expects power be able to request much more specific data about accidents in which a Tesla is involved, in order to “better determine its cause.” The administration also believes that it would be beneficial to know if other manufacturers also keep driving data, in order to “better find the truth after an accident.”
If Tesla intended to save that data for its own analysis, it will have to look for a more thorough encryption method. As cars become more sophisticated, investigations to solve traffic accidents as well.