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iVe System Provides Valuable Detailed Crash Data

A new tool available now is expected to change the information-gathering process in vehicular crash cases.

The iVe system is a forensic resource that goes above-and-beyond the usual “black box” crash data that comes from airbag control modules. iVe makes it possible for investigators to gather data from the infotainment systems installed in many of today’s vehicles.

iVe allows for quick and intuitive analysis of information, including recent destinations, locations listed in favorites, call logs, contact lists, emails, pictures, videos, SMS messages, social media feeds, and navigation history. It’s also possible to gather information about whether or not a vehicle’s lights were on, which doors were opened and closed and where, and whether there were any Bluetooth devices connected.

The key features of iVe include:

  • Logical and Physical Acquisition
  • Binary File Import and Decoding
  • Carving and Deleted Data Recovery
  • File System Viewing and Content Parsing
  • Data Export and Geo-Location Mapping

iVe is available for more than 4600 vehicles, including models made by:

  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Jeep
  • Lincoln
  • Maserati
  • Mercury
  • Pontiac
  • Ram
  • Seat
  • Skoda
  • SRT
  • Saturn
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

iVe Offers More Complete Picture of Events Surrounding a Crash

The data provided by the black box or airbag event data recorder is valuable and has been used to provide significant details about the events surrounding a car crash. Black box data often includes:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Engine speed
  • Brake status
  • Throttle position
  • Driver’s seat belt state
  • Passenger’s airbag enabled or disabled state
  • Airbag Warning Lamp status
  • Time from vehicle impact to airbag deployment
  • Maximum Delta-V for near-deployment event
  • Delta-V vs. time for frontal airbag deployment event
  • Time from vehicle impact to time of maximum Delta-V
  • Time between near-deploy and deploy event (if within 5 seconds)
  • Low tire pressure warning system status
  • Traction control status
  • Anti-lock brake status
  • Transmission range
  • Service engine lamp status
  • Vehicle door 2/4 status open/closed
  • Outside air temperature in degrees F
  • Passenger seat belt switch
  • Yaw rate
  • Lateral acceleration
  • Steering wheel angle
  • PDOF / Principal direction of force degrees

However, even with all this information, it’s still an incomplete picture of factors affecting a crash. The majority of information provided by black boxes concerned the status of the vehicle at the time of the crash. iVe is able to provide a look into the time preceding the crash, as well as driver activity before and during the crash.

Using Crash Data to Build Your Case

If you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident, you already know how complicated it can be to demonstrate where fault lies. Any resource you can use to support your version of the event – and even reveal information you might not have known was a factor – is of great value.

If you’d like to know more about the iVe system and how it can be used to help you build your strongest case, or you have been involved in a car crash and you need representation, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377.