Project: Summary of Project to Assess Test Procedures for Evaluating the Performance of Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking Systems

Reference: S0602/V6

Last update: 06/04/2010 10:28:08

Objectives

To develop a mechanism for assessing the evidence of a safety benefit from the introduction of new motorcycle technologies, and to provide qualitative and / or quantitative information on the scale of the benefit.

Phase 1

The first phase of this project involves developing a common methodology for reviewing the safety benefit from the introduction of new motorcycle safety systems such as tyre pressure monitoring, traction control, DRLs and advanced braking systems.

The methodology should:

o identify the most suitable and cost effective method of providing the evidence of a safety benefit for a range of motorcycle safety systems;

o include a provision to estimate the potential for accident reduction or injury mitigation. For example, using accident statistics (STATS 19) or accident studies (OTS / MAIDS) to identify causation factors and then assessing the likely impact new technologies might have on relevant accidents;

o consider applying a 'priority rating' to the technology being assessed.

Phase 2

The second phase involves application of the methodology to advanced braking systems. It should include a summary of papers / research on advanced motorcycle braking systems focusing on key safety issues and knowledge gaps.

The advanced braking systems to be considered are:

o ABS (Anti lock Braking Systems)
o CBS (Combined Braking Systems)
o Brake Assist


Description

Phase 1

The first phase of this project involves developing a common methodology for reviewing the safety benefit from the introduction of new motorcycle safety systems such as tyre pressure monitoring, traction control, DRLs and advanced braking systems.

The methodology should:

o identify the most suitable and cost effective method of providing the evidence of a safety benefit for a range of motorcycle safety systems;

o include a provision to estimate the potential for accident reduction or injury mitigation. For example, using accident statistics (STATS 19) or accident studies (OTS / MAIDS) to identify causation factors and then assessing the likely impact new technologies might have on relevant accidents;

o consider applying a 'priority rating' to the technology being assessed.

Phase 2

The second phase involves application of the methodology to advanced braking systems. It should include a summary of papers / research on advanced motorcycle braking systems focusing on key safety issues and knowledge gaps.

The advanced braking systems to be considered are:

o ABS (Anti lock Braking Systems)
o CBS (Combined Braking Systems)
o Brake Assist

Contractor(s)

No contractors specified.

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £30,000.00

Actual start date: 06 June 2008

Actual completion date: 20 February 2009

Publication(s)

Development of a methodology for the evaluation of safety systems for powered two-wheelers - Final Report
Author: T L Smith, T Gibson, M McCarthy
Publication date: 01/12/2008
ISBN: 978-1-84608-766-0
Source: TRL
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_vehicle_engineering/report_development_of_a_methodology_for_the_evaluation_of_safety_systems_for_powered_two_wheelers_final_report.htm