German In-Depth Accident Study (GIDAS) is one of the world’s largest and most sought-after road accident research projects. Each year, it records some 2,000 real crashes involving personal injury in the metropolitan areas of Hanover and Dresden. When there is a crash, a survey team of technicians and physicians go to the scene and gather up to 3,500 individual items of anonymous information and images. Things like the sequence of events and type of accident, the directions of travel, and the various positions and technologies fitted to the vehicles are documented in a very precise and in-depth manner. In addition, medical information of the injured is collected. The sequence of the rescue chain, how the scene of the accident was secured, and what the traffic flow was like at the time of the accident are also described.
As a partnership between Germany’s Federal Highway Research Institute and Germany’s Automotive Research Association, GIDAS wants to achieve one thing above all else: Legislative bodies, automotive manufacturers, and suppliers are to get the opportunity to very closely monitor what is currently happening during accidents and to identify trends. This allows technology to be improved and helps make road transportation safer for everyone. With the same goal in mind, ZF – as one of the founding member - makes intensive use of the GIDAS data.