Auto insurers may have more data to work with when resolving claims. While a black box has been created to help make vehicle and highway transportation safer and reduce fatalities, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ IEEE 1616 could help insurers protect data and better identify fraudulent claims. The IEEE 1616 was created in 2004, the first universal standard for motor vehicle event data recorders, much like those that monitor crashes on aircraft and trains. Now, as millions of vehicles include MVEDR memory modules, new work has begun on an amendment—“IEEE P1616a, IEEE Standard for Motor Vehicle Event Data Recorders (MVEDRs)-Amendment 1: Motor Vehicle Event Data Recorder Connector Lockout Apparatus (MVEDRCLA)”—in order to help prevent data tampering, vehicle identification number theft, and odometer fraud.

"IEEE 1616a seeks to enhance vehicle and highway safety by offering methods to help secure crash data that can then be used to inform efforts to improve consumer protection for millions of vehicle owners," says Tom Kowalick, chair of the IEEE P1616a Working Group and president of Click Inc. "This amendment expands the body of research that taught us to appreciate the significance of MVEDRs. It is imperative that the scientific data generated by MVEDRs is both credible and secure."

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