Project: Side Impact safety

Reference: S0518/V8

Last update: 05/05/2011 14:32:52


The specific objectives of this project are to:

. Assess the costs and benefits at a UK and EU-level of the potential next generation of side impact test procedures, addressing a number of options.

. Validate the anticipated next generation of side impact test procedures;

. Review how changes in the frontal structures of vehicle to enhance both self- and partner-protection might effect front-side impacts.


The project will develop an Impact Assessment to quantify the merits of a proposed revision to the current European regulatory side impact test procedure.

Additional work will be to conduct evaluation trials to quantify the suitability of both revised testing equipment and the associated test protocols to determine their real-world relevance and their robustness for regulatory application. The project will also review the effect that developments in frontal crash self-protection and partner protection may have on the outcome of front-to-side impact protection in the future.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £344,884.82

Actual start date: 21 January 2009

Actual completion date: 20 January 2011


Side Impact Safety
Author: M J Edwards, D Hynd, R Cuerden, J Carroll, A Thompson, J Broughton
Publication date: 01/10/2010
Source: Transport Research Laboratory

Summary of results

  1. This project informed UK policy in the area of side impact protection and provided the UK contribution to European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee (EEVC) activities. A series of vehicle crash tests were conducted to explore the safety benefit that could result from changing elements of the international regulation governing car side impact protection.