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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:34 PM

A New Jersey court is considering allowing the contents of a driver's onboard computer to be used as evidence in a death by auto case. The onboard computer records several seconds up to several minutes of speed, braking action, recent vehicle activity, steering wheel positions, etc. If allowed, it would be the first time this information is allowed in a NJ trial.

Prosecutor Matthew Murphy told Judge Robert Reed told that information from event data recorders of each vehicle provides data such as their speeds and throttle positions. He plans to call an expert in interpreting the data to the stand during Locane’s as-yet unscheduled trial.

The defendant's counsel argues that the information is untested and unreliable.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Niccolò Machiavelli