40 YEARS IN CARS SAFETY. THE 1994 "BERTIL ALDMAN AWARD" LECTURE

Passive safety is the big succes in car safety. Passive safety minimizes the adverse consequences of a crash. At first glance active safety has the higher attraction. Is it not wiser to avoid a crash instead of lowering the consequences? The experience in respect of the reduction of casualties and vulneration with active safety is disillusioning. Almost all benefits of active safety are removed by having more powerful cars, increasing speed, traffic density, riskier driving. However, passive safety is not the ultimate measure in road safety. It is not economic to transport mass for safety measures. Software solutions are immaterial and thus the final answer. Not tomorrow, but in some decades sufficient intelligence of crash avoidance will be available to take some of the heavy, energy consuming mass out of the cars. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 881069.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 13-20

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  • Accession Number: 00726434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM