The ABI (Association of British Insurers) recently made a number of suggestions aimed at reducing claims for whiplash. One is: “Greater use of bio-mechanical evidence that might enable the introduction of a speed threshold under which there would be a presumption that whiplash has not occurred.”
That's quite a mouthful, but it has some interesting implications. With this statement, the ABI team is saying that the validity of a supposed medical condition can rest on a measurement. Data will dictate reality.
Data captured from vehicles will define whiplash for insurance purposes – but also for medical purposes, and, if this isn't too grand, for cultural purposes too. Just one more example of how data capture and standardization are bringing our world into a new focus.