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Accident Causation Analysis
The role of the Accident Causation Analysis Working Group was to:
The Working Group analysed available European data sources including CARE, MAIDS, GIDAS, EACS, CCIS, OTS, IRTAD, etc. These sources range from European to national and private institution level. The Working Group assessed the potential for the different sources to be used in conjunction with each other. The analysis confirmed the Working Group’s hypothesis that although many information sources already exist, their heterogeneity prevents from setting up a pan-European picture.
The Working Group recommended to the eSafety Forum that existing sources could nevertheless help to give a better understanding of accident causation and to evaluate the effectiveness of some on-board safety functions, if common analysis mechanisms were employed to query the different data sources and to share the results. The questions that need to be answered during the interrogation of existing data sources have been developed in a report (see Annex 2 of the “Interim Report and Recommendations of the Accident Causation Analysis Working Group”).
The Working Group handed its Final Report, including recommendations for further actions, in December 2004. A comprehensive and understandable definition of accident causation based on the existing databases is now being examined by the TRACE project. The longer term recommendation of the eSafety Forum to define a common format and structure for future accident data is being led by SafetyNet and Accident Causation Analysis Working Group members are in touch with this work.
The last meeting in this working group was a workshop which took place in Brussels 30 June 2004. The purpose of the meeting was to present the status of the work within this area and to discuss priorities for three main subjects:
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