Using Real-World Crash Data to Develop New Crash Tests

This brief article describes how the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) develops the crash tests for which they are renowned. The article includes comments from Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, who emphasizes that “all of the [IIHS] tests start with real-world crash data.” The author briefly reviews the beginnings of IIHS evaluations, which started in 1995, up through the development of the small overlap front test, and to the modern improvements in side crash tests. IIHS engineers are also considering whether the moving barrier used in some of the crash testing is due for redesign. The goal in all of this research is to determine what types of crash tests help to identify vehicles that offer better protection to their occupants.


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Pagination: p 4
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  • Accession Number: 01706020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2019 12:36PM