MAPFRE Road Safety Experimentation Centre
RAT Training in traffic accident reconstruction
Pioneers in Spain in the field, CESVIMAP has more than 30 years of experience in providing training on the investigation of traffic accidents. Our courses are always adapted to the needs of each case, with online and face-to-face modalities, the latter at CESVIMAP facilities or at the client’s own facilities. This training is valid for automobile experts, personnel in the processing areas of insurance entities, judicial experts, members of the Civil Guard, Autonomous and Local Police, after-sales professionals responsible for guarantees and claims and anyone related to the problem of the traffic and road safety.
CESVIMAP analyses the different equipment, tools and products used in the automobile sector. As a result of new technologies in telecommunications, different products are appearing on the automobile market which enable the location of stolen vehicles, the establishment of variable insurance premium rates or the prevention and detection of accidents. Given the high number of companies which, in principle, have the technical capacity and the means required to provide these services, CESVIMAP has established a procedure based on a number of requisites, both technical and performance-related, to determine a final rating for the equipment, by means of standardised tests. The purpose of the evaluation is to demonstrate a level of compliance, with regard to the device’s performance in terms of functionality, reliability and safety. The level of requisites is high and is based on market needs and on current technological status, meaning that with the passage of time, the level will evolve. The test uses the samples of devices and of the documentation presented to CESVIMAP by the service requester, and the result is the issue of a certificate showing the final rating obtained, alongside a technical report.
CESVIMAP has obtained the drone operator licence issued by AESA, the Spanish State Agency for Air Safety, in accordance with Spanish Law 18/2014. It is the first automobile centre in the world certified by AESA to fly this type of apparatus. In this way, the MAPFRE Centre for Experimentation and Road Safety can fly aircraft of up to 25 kg for various purposes: research and analysis of agricultural zones and crops, recording of videos and preparation of aerial advertising, investigation of traffic accidents and fires, building inspection for valuation or appraisal in the event of damage, etc. Photographic cameras can be mounted and high quality video images collected. One of the values to be kept in mind is that CESVIMAP combines the experience of its pilots with that of its research technicians, providing a rapid capacity for inspection, with efficiency and lower costs. CESVIMAP has coordinated a worldwide MAPFRE project on drones analysis. The research centre’s classification divides them into fixed wing drones and multi-rotor drones. The former have great autonomy, low damageability – their material are usually low density – and are ideal for inspecting crops, conducting land surveys and for any use where the drone does not have to stay put at one single point. In turn, the multi-rotor has low autonomy, high damageability – if they go wrong they plummet without gliding – and they are perfect for industrial inspections, transport of merchandise and photography and aerial videos. During 2016 CESVIMAP has carried out dismounting of various types of drones, analysing the components in order to study their reparability. Among the elements suffering most damage were the propellers, the camera, and the landing gear; it is, however, true that breakage to or deformation of the chassis normally means breakage of internal components – if this were the case, the cost of repair would be higher than the cost price of the apparatus. In order to protect SMEs and the self-employed from the risks of flying a drone, MAPFRE designed an innovative insurance policy for drones in use for commercial activity (liability insurance which is compulsory in the EU for drones weighing over 20 kg), at 2017.