In response to the requirements of the Statement of Work an analytic approach was devleoped which: 1. Predicts the accident exposure environment for the mid-1980's time period based on factors influencing automobile usage. 2. Employs the principal elements of this prediction as input to a mathematical model which simulates the various types of accidents (front, side, etc.) occurring in that environment. 3. Tests multiple combinations of RSV structural and restraint system configurations to determine that combination which predicts achievable safety performance, given practical constraints on size, weight, and cost. 4. Evaluations the cost-benefits of various candidate configurations to select an optimized vehicle design concept for an RSV weighing less than 3,000 pounds which operates in the projected mid-80's traffic environment. 5. Establishes recommended performance specifications for the optimized design concept. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 2., Automobile Usage Trends, Accident Factors (DOT-HS-801599); Vol 3, Vehicle Characterization, Performance Specifications (DOT-HS-801606). This project was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Motor Company

    Environmental and Safety Research Office
    Dearborn, MI  United States  48127
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 26 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-801 600 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00842
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1976 12:00AM