This paper gives a general description of test methods to evaluate the protection afforded to pedestrians. The paper also discusses their significance to the design of cars. A programme of co-operative research to develop these test methods has been undertaken by a European Consortium. This consortium is acting within the auspices of a European Experimental Vehicle Committee Working Group and with financial support from the European Commission. The proposed test methods are intended for inclusion in an EC Directive. The test methods consist of three sub- systems tests to separately assess the bumper, the leading edge of the bonnet and the top of the bonnet. Each of the test conditions are generally based on a car to pedestrian impact velocity of 40km/h but for assessment of the leading edge of the bonnet the test requirements are adjusted to compensate for the influence of vehicle shape. The acceptance levels for the tests are based on the characteristics of the weaker sections of the adult population including the aged. They have been shown to be the most susceptible to injury. The proposals are considered to be appropriate for children. However, a separate child head impact test has been included to assess their particular requirements. (A) For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 864606.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 293-302

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  • Accession Number: 00664935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM