Vehicle safety is an area of automotive engineering which is gaining increasing significance, in view of the rising traffic density, but which, nevertheless, is still neglected in public discussion as compared to other issues. Since the fifties, Daimler-Benz has conducted accident research and has incorporated the results in test programs and specification books. Fulfilling these specifications places high requirements on driving safety and ride comfort, which can only be met by developing and matching sophisticated axles concepts. As far as passive safety is concerned, these specifications influence mainly body design and equipment. An example on the body-work is the load-bearing structure of the front end particularly the so called forked member for protecting the vehicle occupants in an accident; it constitutes an important prerequisite for the preservation of the survival space and thus for the effectiveness of all other safety measures, such as the restraint system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Motor Industry Research Association

    Watling Street
    Nuneaton CV10 0TU, Warwickshire,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Peter, W
  • Publication Date: 1988-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 18 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00496996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MIRA-1990/50
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM