RESEARCH SAFETY VEHICLE: PHASE I. VOLUME 3: VEHICLE CHARACTERIZATION AND PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION

The Minicars Research Safety Vehicle is characterized as an automobile having a maximum weight of a present-day subcompact but with the usable space of a compact. Foam- filled closed sheet metal volumes and advanced airbag restraints provide a very high degree of occupant protection, particularly in frontal, frontal oblique, and frontal offset modes at higher velocities. Front-to-side crash performance is also a major concern. The characterization includes a high-g braking mode and a system to detect impaired driver performance. Performance to produce the greatest safety payoff in the mid-1980s and great payoff in research value in the latter 1970s is specified. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Minicars, Incorporated

    35 La Patera Lane
    Goleta, CA  USA  93017
  • Authors:
    • Struble, D
    • Bradley, G
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00844
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM