VORAD (Vehicle On-board RADar)
Interpretation and Analysis of VORAD Data by Professional Engineers
Most commercial vehicles have the capability of recording limited operating parameters via the Engine Control Module (ECM). The parameters recorded by the ECM are limited to the operation of the vehicle in which the ECM is installed. Some commercial fleet operators have equipped their vehicles with an additional system which monitors and records the relative positions and speeds of other vehicles in close proximity to the host vehicle. These systems, known as VORAD systems, are marketed as a collision warning system and are designed to alert the driver of a potentially hazardous situation such as a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot or closing too rapidly on a vehicle in front of them.
The acronym VORAD stands for Vehicle On-board RADar. As the name implies, VORAD systems utilize radars installed on the host vehicle and typically include one forward facing radar and one side facing radar. The side facing radar senses objects (i.e. other vehicles) in the driver’s “blind spot”, while the forward facing radar identifies objects in front of the host vehicle. The radar information is fed to VORAD’s on-board computer for processing. Combining the information provided by the host vehicle’s ECM (such as vehicle speed), VORAD’s on-board computer is able to determine the speeds and positions of multiple external “objects” relative to the host vehicle. VORAD then utilizes the information for the purpose of alerting the driver of a potential hazard created by the external objects. As an added benefit, the VORAD system is capable of capturing and recording several minutes’ worth of data which can be later used to aid in fully understanding the events leading up to an accident. Veritech engineers have significant experience in the analysis and interpretation of VORAD data. On multiple occasions, our engineers have successfully utilized VORAD data to assist our clients in proving their case, even when traditional accident reconstruction methods have fallen short. If you are involved in a case which includes VORAD data, you already know that the basic VORAD report contains a tremendous amount of information related to the incident. In addition to the interpreting basic VORAD report, Veritech engineers are experienced at analyzing the raw VORAD data and extracting additional information beyond what is presented in the basic report. The additional information contained in the raw data has proven to be extremely valuable in certain cases and has enabled Veritech Engineers to discover and understand specific facts related to the accident that otherwise would have remained unknown.
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