WORKABLE PLANS TO CUT THE RISK OF DEATH ON THE ROADS

THIS REPORT DISCUSSES THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EXPERIMENTAL SAFETY VEHICLES. THE CONFERENCE CONSISTED OF THE PRESENTATION OF TECHNICAL PAPERS AND AN EXHIBITION AT TRRL. IT EMERGED THAT THE MOTOR INDUSTRY DOES NOT KNOW HOW MUCH THE PUBLIC IS PREPARED TO PAY FOR ITS SAFETY. PEDESTRIANS FORM 39.7% OF TOTAL ROAD DEATHS AND TRRL PREDICT THAT THE % OF PEDESTRIANS KILLED WILL RISE TO 47.6% IF COMPULSORY WEARING OF SEAT BELTS REDUCES THE NUMBER OF CAR OCCUPANT DEATHS. BUMPER HEIGHTS OF 300MM REDUCE INJURIES TO PEDESTRIANS. MOST MANUFACTURERS AIM AT PROTECTING CAR OCCUPANTS IN 40 MPH CRASHES INTO A SOLID BARRIER. EXAMPLES OF EXPERIMENTAL SAFETY VEHICLES EXHIBITED ARE CITED. THE INCREASE IN WEIGHT OF THESE VEHICLES MUST BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM TO CONSERVE FUEL. THE USE OF POLYURETHANE AND PHENOLIC FOAMS AS ENERGY ABSORBERS IS DISCUSSED. OPEL INCORPORATED FOAM-FILLED BOX SECTIONS INTO THE CAR'S STRUCTURE AND FEATURED HEAD RESTRAINTS FOR REAR PASSENGERS. A LOW-COST TYRE, CAPABLE OF RUNNING FLAT AT 70 MPH, WAS EXHIBITED BY RUBERY OWEN.

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    Morgan-Grampian Limited

    30 Calderwood Street
    London SE18 6QH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Sumner, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-6-13

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 40-41
  • Serial:
    • ENGINEER
    • Volume: 283
    • Issue Number: 6170
    • Publisher: Morgan-Grampian Limited
    • ISSN: 0013-7758

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM