Forensic collision investigation
Collision investigation is at the core of what we do. A detailed understanding of collisions and injuries is the starting point for developing solutions and the end point for estimating their impact. Individual case reconstruction as expert witnesses in the legal process helps us understand wider collision data and vehicle performance tests results forming part of our research.
Research on the safety characteristics of vehicles helps us understand the role of vehicle design, not just maintenance, in the individual collisions we investigate. Research and Expert Witness roles, forming a virtuous circle of continuous improvement.
We have provided expert evidence in relation to a wide variety of issues in collisions, including:
The cause of rollover or loss of control
The role of vehicle defects or advanced control systems (e.g. ABS/AEB etc)
Field of view issues and vehicle blind spots
The effect of helmets/seat belts on the severity of injury
Collisions involving pedestrians
Collisions involving specialist vehicles (e.g. quad bike, military, road sweeper etc)
Analysis of event data recorders (Bosch EDR Certified)
Apollo may not (yet!) be big enough to run our own test facilities but our key staff cut their teeth testing vehicles in laboratories, test tracks and on the public road. We have also helped design full scale test facilities and specific parts of them. Balancing the need for realism and repeatability within acceptable time and cost constraints is the key and the role of virtual testing as part of the mix is of rapidly growing interest.
We can undertake simple track tests in-house, directly hiring relevant facilities, or for more complex requirements we collaborate such that Apollo specify and supervise tests or simulations undertaken by partners. Apollo then interpret the results on behalf of our clients. We have been responsible for several public road trials and with the development of automated driving this is becoming a more common part of our work. We can help develop risk assessments and safety cases as well as defining requirements.
In modern engineering, data is the new gold. Many data scientists have the skills to manipulate big data, few can combine this with the in-depth subject knowledge to understand the meaning behind the result. Apollo Vehicle Safety are among the few.
We regularly work with a variety of collision data, exposure to risk data, results from vehicle test programmes, mathematical analyses and computer simulations. Analyses are compared with evidence from published literature and results can be combined with data from other specialisms such as economics, vehicle repair, emissions, infrastructure and driver behaviour studies to produce complex data models and forecasts of future effects.
The result is that our client’s decisions are informed by the best data possible in situations that may often be constrained by time, budget or politics.
Regulation & Rating
When new technology emerges, Regulation can be a barrier preventing implementation. When technology has proven it’s worth, making it mandatory can guarantee rapid market penetration. However, Regulatory change can be hard. It can be time consuming and it will always form a minimum standard rather than a best practice to strive towards.
Voluntary schemes can be seen as a soft option. However, in economics, road accidents are a market failure: the profit motive has failed to provide the solution. Well designed voluntary interventions that adjust the market to make safe behaviour the most profitable behaviour can set that aspirational best practice standard and in the right circumstances can achieve better results faster than regulation.
Apollo Vehicle Safety speak fluent regulation and rating. Whether you are a policy maker, a vehicle or technology supplier or a campaigner for change we can help you understand the context, identify the options, quantify the pros and cons of each option and develop the detailed technical requirements needed to implement the chosen option.
If you have a project requiring testing or consultancy, please get in touch.