An experimental study was conducted to investigate the significance of vehicle front design parameters on pedestrian impact dynamics. The specific objectives were to quantify the present pedestrian hazard and then assess the injury reduction potential of a number of selected vehicle configurations. This was accomplished by conducting highly instrumented experimental impacts using adult and 6-year-old child anthropomorphic dummies and unembalmed cadaveric specimens. In all, 80 experimental dummy impacts (36 child and 44 adult) and 11 unembalmed cadaveric impacts were conducted over the speed range from 10 to 30 mph with present production vehicles, candidate injury mitigating concepts, and the first generation Research Safety Vehicles. The results indicate that significant reductions in injury severity can be realized through vehicle front design changes and increased surface compliance.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 2, PB-292691.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Columbus Laboratories

    505 King Avenue
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pritz, H B
    • Hassler, C R
    • Weis, E B
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191449
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-803-816 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-4-00961
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM