Tesla Driving Data Decrypted by Dutch Government Forensic Lab
The forensic lab of the Dutch government has apparently reverse-engineered its way into Tesla’s highly encrypted internal driving data storage system, including information about the company’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and a number of other details.
On Thursday, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) said it decrypted Tesla’s encrypted driving data, potentially opening up a slew of new information that could aid in investigations of serious accidents, according to Reuters.
The discovery apparently gives the agency access to information like the vehicle’s record speed, brake usage, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, among other information.
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In the announcement, NFI Digital Investigator Francis Hoogendijk said, “These data contain a wealth of information for forensic investigators and traffic accident analysts and can help with a criminal investigation after a fatal traffic accident or an accident with injury.”
The NFI also said that it had “reverse engineered” Tesla data logs to extract information and “objectively investigate them.”
Data was obtained from Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y, and results were shared at the European Association for Accident Research conference, to let other accident analysts use the data uncovered, says NFI.
The news also comes amidst a U.S. investigation into Tesla Autopilot and a series of first responder crashes, to which Tesla must respond by Friday.
Earlier this month, Tesla released a video showing off its crash lab, which it says uses “data-driven safety” to map out real-life crash scenarios.