Russian Association of Motor Insurers Will Track Road Accidents via Satellite

2014-08-12 08:53:26

Russian Association of Motor Insurers (RAMI) prepared a list of requirements for devices that automatically capture and transmit data on accidents in the process of European Accident Statement registration, thus helping to avoid traffic jams. From now on, it will be impossible to tamper with the data provided by technical means of verification (photos, videos, and GPS-coordinates). 

The requirements raise doubts among experts concerning significant cost of the devices, and consequently, their very limited use. However, RAMI President Pavel Bunin says that the devices can be used by a great number of drivers and that a wide range of manufacturers ensure their “availability”. 

A design document containing requirements for parameters of devices able to register accidents without State Road Traffic Safety Inspection participation will be sent to the Ministry of Transportation very soon. In its basic form, the list of requirements is already described in the law on compulsory third party car insurance: insurers must provide photos of damaged cars, VIN-numbers, body or frame numbers and all damage sustained in the accident. Photos or videos can be captured with a mobile phone, then pictures or video footage can be processed by a special application which will exclude third-party access to the information, claims RAMI. It is also necessary to determine satellite coordinates of an accident, the satellite system will provide data on vehicle positioning with the accuracy of up to 10m and will register the moment of impact with the help of accelerometer sensor.

Ministry of Transportation representatives say that the new requirements will come into force in "the second quarter of 2015", and on October 1, 2014 in four pilot regions – Moscow, Moscow Region, Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg -  where an experiment with an enhanced version of The European Accident Statement (up to 400 000 rubles) will be conducted.


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