CAR SAFETY - WHAT NEXT?

Instead of concentrating on the development of heavy and expensive experimental safety vehicles, European governments and industry are developing existing designs to give greater safety as well as reduced fuel consumption and air pollution. Current research into crash conditions, being conducted by the TRRL, Crowthorne and Birmingham University in the UK and Onser and Peugeot/Renault in France, is being co-ordinated by the EEVC. Studies at TRRL into the realism of preventing serious injury includes pedestrian as well as vehicle occupant safety. Impact tests on production cars indicate that the crush characteristics of a car should be compatible with other vehicles in addition to protecting its own occupants. The UK programme has demonstrated the advantage of making the structurally strong zone below the door as the impact area so requiring cars to have relatively low bumpers and front profiles. These features are also shown to be essential to reduce pedestrial impact injuries. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    Bowling Green Lane
    London EC1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • TAYLOR, H
  • Publication Date: 1976-11-17

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 44-46
  • Serial:
    • Motor
    • Volume: 149
    • Issue Number: 3867

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00149041
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM