'Black Box’ inside Genesis GV80 SUV could reveal cause of Tiger Woods crash
"The Genesis GV80 SUV several advanced safety features, along with recording key data that may throw light upon the incident."
Ace golfer Tiger Woods was driving his Genesis GV80 SUV on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles when his car hit a median and a tree and then rolled over several times.
The latest generation of Genesis GV80 SUVs is equipped with a "black box" data recorder that stores information about the vehicle’s history, including driving analysis. This includes as many as 15 types of data like the speed of the car before an accident, the time when the brake and acceleration pedals were pressed among others.
The system uses the vehicle’s sensors to record key data into the computer. The ‘Black Box’ inside GV80 is usually placed under the dashboard or seats to protect them from a crash.
The probe team into the crash is now depending on this to find the cause behind the accident, the third involving Woods in recent years.
According to the NHTSA, the traffic watchdog in the United States, 64% of all vehicles in the country now have the feature to store data from vehicles. One of the key regulations in the US requires a vehicle to store this data for future reference. Advanced data recorders can also record how fast a vehicle rolled over or whether antilock brakes and stability control were operating or steering angle before the crash.
The Driver Attention Alert Warning system monitors the driver’s attention when driving, by analyzing driving patterns and behaviors, including intermittent steering and unnatural deceleration, through vehicle signals, such as steering angle and steering torque and vehicle position in the traffic lane.
GV80 also includes 10 standard airbags, including a center-mounted airbag between the front occupants to mitigate the interior impact.
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