SPIRAL AUTO JUMP ENTERTAINS MOVIEGOERS, MAY RESULT IN SAFER HIGHWAYS

A sophisticated computerized highway safety program has been developed which is now being applied to various aspects of future highway safety, and is aimed at reduction in damage to cars and injuries to motorists involved in single-car highway accidents. The technique which can predict how an automobile will behave in any accident situation, involves the description of various aspects of the automobile such as its suspension system, weight, and center of gravity, in terms of complex equations that are fed into a computer for solution. Engineers also formulate equations that describe the roadside environment that a car might traverse in a single-car accident. With such equations, a computer may predict how an automobile will behave in various maneuvers while traversing irregular terrain such as bumps and embankments, or while crashing into roadside obstacles. Techniques were also developed for creating computerized animated cartoons that graphically portray the motions of the car that were predicted by the computer.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 10-12
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096277
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM