COST ANALYSIS FOR UPGRADED PASSENGER CAR REAR SIGNAL LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS

A production cost analysis was performed on four candidate vehicle rear signal lighting system upgrades. The systems studied were: (1) A high-mounted brake (stop) lamp only; (2) A deceleration signal only; (3) Combination of high-mounted brake lamp and the deceleration signal; and a (4) Mandatory yellow (amber) rear turn signal lamp. The specific performance levels for the systems were established and the necessary changes in vehicle hardware were determined. Two of each market size class of vehicles were selected for design studies and quarter-scale design layouts of the vehicle modifications were made. Using standard production cost estimating techniques, the consumer costs of each of the four upgraded systems were estimated. Assuming any upgraded rear lighting requirements to become effective on 1983 models, the effects of leadtime on the manufacturers is discussed. The effects on fuel operating and maintenance costs are considered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    IIT Research Institute

    10 West 35th Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McLean, R F
    • WAKELEY, H
    • Viergutz, O J
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: IITRI-T6009-T05 Final Rpt., HS-805 489
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-9-02112
  • Files: HSL, NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1982 12:00AM