About 11,000 air cushion-equipped cars have been put on the road by General Motors, including fleet Chevrolets in the field trial program and privately owned 1974-76 Oldsmobiles, Buicks, and Cadillacs. Although these vehicles have accumulated over 400 million car miles, the total is very small when compared with the millage driven by the entire vehicle population. Therefore, statistically valid conclusions cannot yet be drawn about the safety benefits of the system. Nevertheless, sampling of accidents illustrates the protection provided by the air cushion in a variety of situations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the International Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition, 28 Feb-4 March 1977 Detroit, Michigan.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Smith, G R
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00152929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 770155
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1977 12:00AM