This feature shows how priorities in designing for safety are changing with the increasing willingness of customers to pay for secondary safety, and with more sophisticated research into the causes of injury. It first outlines a two-volume report of the European Transport Safety Council, which identifies several areas which its authors consider key to vehicle safety. Vehicle safety in 1994 is much more concerned with building a safety philosophy into the design of a whole vehicle than adding new features and improvements to existing designs. From October 1995, all passenger cars sold in the European Community must comply with a new regulation for side impact performance. The 14th Enhanced Safety of Vehicles Conference gave a good insight into how vehicle designers believe that safety issues will progress; its important themes included: drowsy drivers, the effects of age, compatibility problems, frontal airbag advances, steering wheel design, and side impacts. Other topics presented in the feature include: (1) the safety aspects of aluminium structures; (2) the design of aluminium side intrusion beams; (3) the use of simulation to minimise the cost of crash sensor testing; (4) smart restraint systems; (5) the use of airbags in lorries; and (6) braking developments and other aspects of braking.

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  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 16-7,19-22,24,26,28-30
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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  • Accession Number: 00726602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM