Project: Advanced Active/Adaptive Safety Systems

Reference: S310B/VF

Last update: 15/08/2003 12:25:44

Objectives

The project objectives are to:

* identify existing and potential systems which optimise or initiate secondary safety systems for the benefit of vehicle occupants and other road users including pedestrians and cyclists;
* evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of said systems;
* produce performance specifications for the most promising systems;
* construct and test the most promising systems; and
* draft appropriate standards/regulations/codes of practices.

Description

Secondary safety systems protect a wide range of vehicle occupants in a wide range of accident scenarios. However, most secondary safety systems do not modify their performance according to occupant and accident characteristics and hence may not always provide optimum protection.

This project will investigate the potential benefits of secondary safety systems that can optimise their performance according to occupant and accident characteristics.

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £604,000.00

Actual start date: 31 January 1997

Actual completion date: 30 September 2001

Publication(s)

PR/SE/418/98. Recommendations for active adaptive secondary safety
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/1998
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

PR/SE/568/99. Active Adaptive Secondary Safety Phase 2 Report and Appendices
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/1999
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/static/dft/trl_pr_se_568_99_vol_1.pdf http://www.trl.co.uk/static/dft/TRL_PR_SE_568_99_vol_2.pdf

PR/SE/219/00. Active Adaptive Secondary Safety Phase 3 Report and Appendices
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/2000
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/static/dft/pr_se_219_00.pdf

PR/SE/314/01. Active Adaptive Secondary Safety Phase 4 Report. Code of Practice for Car Frontal, Side and Pedestrian Impacts
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/11/2001
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/static/dft/pr_se_314_01.pdf

Paper. Advanced Pedestrian Protection for Passenger Cars. Presented at Vehicle Electronics Systems 2000 Conference and ESV Conference 2001
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2000
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Paper 328. An Evaluation of the Benefits of Active Restraint Systems in Frontal Impacts Through Computer Modelling and Dynamic Testing. Presented at ESV Conference 2001
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Paper 330. Pedestrian Protection. An Evaluation of an Airbag System Through Modelling and Testing. Presented at ESV Conference 2001
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Paper 314. The Effect of Occupant Characteristics on Injury Risk and the Development of Active Adaptive Restraint Systems. Presented at ESV Conference 2001
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2001
Unpublished
Source: Contact Ian.Knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

PR/SE/314/01-GN. A Guide to Assessing Active Adaptive Secondary Safety Systems
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 01/07/2002
Unpublished
Source: Contact: ian.knowles@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Summary of results

  1. The research demonstrated that significant and cost-effective casualty savings could be made using active systems in front and side impact situations. The research also demonstrated the potential for pedestrian casualty savings using bonnet airbags triggered by sensors. The research was used to develop a guide to the assessment of active adaptive systems.