DEVELOPMENT OF VEHICLE RATING SYSTEMS FOR THE AUTOMOBILE CONSUMER INFORMATION STUDY. VOLUME I. SUMMARY

The purpose of the study is to develop a methodology capable of rating motor vehicles according to their damage susceptibility, crashworthiness, and maintainability characteristics. Insurance claim files and state accident records, as well as special files retained by NHTSA, form the principal data base used in the preliminary development of damage susceptibility and crashworthiness methodologies. Motor vehicle fleet operations proved to be the most reliable source for maintainability information. The feasibility of mathematical modeling as a predictive source of rating development was explored. Simulations of representative accident conditions were modeled to obtain vehicle performance characteristics which were compared to actual crash tests. Both vehicle dynamic and occupant response models were utilized to simulate front, rear, and side accident conditions. In addition to the development of vehicle rating criteria, the study considered the effect of such a rating system would have upon insurance premiums.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-251 242.
  • Corporate Authors:

    General Electric

    Marine Turbine & Gear Engineer, 1100 Western Ave
    Lynn, MA  United States  01910

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00133190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TR-957-346-200-1 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-801-844
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00903
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM