FIA introduces new safety database

The FIA , the governing body for motorsport, will begin sourcing data and information from hundreds of racing accidents around the world and use this data as a guide for the future of motor sport safety.

The data will form the FIA World Accident Database (WADB) and will be used by the FIA and its National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) to log data from accidents; including vehicle and procedural information, as well as medical and other repercussions.

President of the FIA, Jean Todt, believes that the new process will help provide the best possible information for the engineering of safety solutions in motorsport.

‘The database will be the next key step in the development of safety improvements,’ said Jean.

‘Currently, we have accident data recorders in 25 championships around the world, which provide real car data – the introduction of the FIA World Accident Database will open up an opportunity for the world of motorsport to provide detailed information on any serious accidents that occur.’

The WADB will be populated by the 139 ASNs from around the world, all of which will have access to the web-based resource.

The ASNs will then add data from fatal and serious accidents that may occur during events across the various disciplines (including circuit racing, rallying, rallycross, off-road, and hill climb).

This data will include measurements such as acceleration and speed, descriptions of accidents, as well as the repercussions (especially medical).

The FIA, together with the FIA Institute, has conducted a pilot study into an accident database for two years with eight ASNs – and the feedback has been positive from those involved.