AUTOMOBILE COLLISION DATA: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS AND METHODS OF ACQUISITION

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed the use of automobile crash recorders as a means to assemble detailed data on actual automobile collisions so as to develop realistic automobile design standards. This study examines the desirability, utility, design and cost of crash recorders and of the alternate approaches to gathering collision data, including computer crash simulation, controlled laboratory crashes and their correlation with observed vehicle deformations, and methods to improve the accuracy of accident investigation reporting and to increase the utility of national crash data files. The report concludes that the current national accident data base is inadequate to resolve uncertainties in NHTSA's current and proposed motor vehicle safety programs and that a comprehensive national accident data program is necessary.

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    Economics and Science Planning, Incorporated

    Ring Building, 1200 18th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    Office of Technology Assessment

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1975-2-17

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  • Pagination: 254 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: OTA-C11
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1976 12:00AM