Passive vehicle safety, biomechanics
Statistical and methodological approach to the collection of in-depth road accident data (92.1006)
BASt and FAT have been running the research project "German In-Depth Accident Study" (GIDAS) for the in-depth collection of traffic accident data at the Hanover and Dresden locations (GIDAS 3.0) since 1999. As part of the project - in addition to the traffic accidents with personal injury documented by the police (total population) - additional accident characteristics are recorded.. Since this cannot be done for all accidents, a largely unbiased random sample is collected based on a sampling plan in an area that can represent the overall accident occurrence in Germany as representatively as possible. In the context of establishing GIDAS 4.0, the present project aims to re-evaluate the methodological and statistical approach of GIDAS. The main objectives of the research project include the development of a sampling procedure for the follow-up project GIDAS 4.0 and a model to also enable incident-related accident recordings, as well as the development of minimum data sets of variables for the statistically representative survey and for the incident-related accident data recordings.
Manual for wheelchair transport in tenders (82.0717)
To enable the mobility of people in wheelchairs, specially converted passenger cars are used in which wheelchairs can be secured as seats in which the occupants are transported seated. The legal requirements for wheelchair transport and the intended use of suitable restraint systems are not sufficiently known by many stakeholders. Especially for smaller institutions that want to tender wheelchair transport as a service for the first time, a concise overview of the context of wheelchair transport, in the form of a handbook, is helpful. The handbook is intended to provide users with an understandable presentation of the legal and technical requirements for safe wheelchair transport, as well as a brief overview of how to award a corresponding transportation contract. With a focus on the commissioning of transport services, core aspects of safe wheelchair transport (technology, organisation, procurement process) are to be worked through in such a way that users of the brochure can take the relevant framework conditions into account when awarding contracts.
Development of a thoracic impactor within a thoracic testing procedure (82.0741)
In pedestrian accidents, the thorax is one of the most relevant body regions besides the head and the lower extremities in terms of injury severity and frequency. This fact is not taken into account in the pedestrian test procedures described within the current Regulation (EC) Number 78/2009 on the protection of vulnerable road users. For this reason, the EU project SENIORS has carried out initial basic research towards the definition of a component test alongside the development of a suitable impactor. The project resulted in the general feasibility of a thorax component test, but also revealed the need for further developments such as the development of a biofidelic thorax impactor. The test procedure developed in the EU project SENIORS needs to be refined - and a biofidelic impactor to be developed for implementation within legislation as well as test protocols for consumer protection requirements. Furthermore, the current test and assessment procedure needs to be modified accordingly. The new thorax impactor is expected to make a significant contribution to improving road safety by injury mitigation during vehicle to pedestrian accidents.
The EU Horizon 2020 research project “Future Occupant Safety for Crashes in Cars” (OSCCAR) addresses the assessment and improvement of safety for vehicle occupants involved in future accidents with highly automated vehicles. Highly automated vehicles will permit new and more comfortable seated positions (swivel seats and even reclining positions). Furthermore, collisions with highly automated vehicles also lead to other accident scenarios and therefore different types of burden on vehicle occupants. Innovative occupant restraint systems will be necessary so as to continue to protect all vehicle occupants as best possible: belts, airbags and new seat concepts. The principles for these new and innovative systems are to be elaborated in the OSCCAR project. Furthermore, traditional crash test dummies are no longer suitable for the development and evaluation of these new protective systems particularly in new collision scenarios. One alternative could be numerical human models. These virtual models are a possible foundation for the virtual testing of highly automated vehicles. The further development and improvement of these virtual test and development tools is another main objective of the project so as to be able to meet the future requirements of vehicle safety derived from vehicle automation (www.osccarproject.eu).
Evaluation and improvement of the biofidelity of impact properties and the ability to predict injuries to the chest of numerical mannequins for new impact scenarios (5217003)
Different numerical mannequins exist to improve the safety of road users as vehicle passengers and also the safety of unprotected road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. To facilitate the assessment of the consequences of accidents and injuries using these models, they must have a near-human impact behaviour and it must be possible to predict injury in terms of the body regions to be assessed. The thorax has been shown to be a particularly vulnerable body region both for vehicle passengers and for unprotected road users. The biofidelity of the mannequins in pedestrian and cyclist impact scenarios has not so far been investigated adequately, however. The same applies to the use of mannequins as vehicle passengers in new accident scenarios which result from self-driving vehicles, such as sitting diagonally or to the side or in reclined positions which will increase in the future. The aim is to improve on those suitable mannequins which are available.
Benefits and Risks of Automated Driving: Road Safety, Transport Efficiency and the Environment (5415005)
So far, no sound scientific research findings exist on the benefits and risks of automated driving. This research project therefore focuses on the impact of automated driving on road safety. Other factors will also be considered, including changes in fuel consumption/CO2 emissions and transport efficiency.
European countries face great challenges because the demographic structure in the EU is changing rapidly. Meanwhile, the mobility needs of the elderly are also changing. Maintaining a driver’s licence is an important issue of independence today, both for males and females. Also technological developments like the introduction of e-bikes enables access to other means of transport. While accident data show a decreasing number of fatalities and serious injuries on EU roads, recent data from the ERSO show an increasing proportion of elderly in the fatality statistics. This trend is a serious threat to the achievements of recent decades and poses a challenge that must be addressed to meet goals set for further reduction of road fatalities. Furthermore, there is an increasing rate of obesity in EU populations, which introduces changes in injury patterns and risks. The SENIORS project focuses on the protection of elderly and obese road users also by transferring nowadays younger generations’ safety standards. The overall goal is to improve the passive vehicle safety by adopting test tools, test procedures and test assessments from legislation and Euro NCAP. Hereby, various computer simulations and experimental testing will be used to ensure the scientific background for decisions.
Gathering Information at the Scene of Accidents (92.1002)
Official road accident statistics only offer limited scope for acquiring information on the causes of accidents, accident sequences and the injury mechanisms in road accidents. It is possible to close this gap by having survey teams document traffic accidents on a regional basis using strict scientific principles. In order to arrive at conclusions with the broadest possible relevance, the regional surveys must allow for a scaling process for the entire Federal Republic. To achieve this, scientifically-based procedures have been developed which enable data to be extrapolated to the whole of the Federal Republic using source data from Hanover. The accident data will be collected in a shared database. This project seeks to gather and evaluate these accident data for the survey years 2015-18.