Contribution of vehicle recording systems to road safety

  • Published: Mannesmann VDO AG, 2000
  • Authors: Dr G. Lehmann
  • Date Added: 08 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf


To show how vehicle recording systems have contributed to road safety.


Draws on findings when telematics (vehicle data recorders) installed in European fleets.

Key Findings:

  • The Berlin Police Department saw a reduction in at-fault RTIs and a consequent reduction in costs associated with damages.

  • The Police Department of Vienna saw changes to driver behaviour – reporting of damages which were not immediately apparent increased.

  • A pilot of 123 buses in Germany saw a similar reduction in RTI involvement in vehicles equipped with data recorders.

  • A one year study of 850 fleet vehicles in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium showed a substantially lower RTI rate for those vehicles equipped with data recorders.


Data recorders, RTI rate, buses, emergency vehicles


A synthesis of different European trials, which, although sponsored by a telematics firm and now dated, appears to pull data from credible and diverse trials.