NHTSA’s Vehicle Compatibility Research Program

Paper #:
  • 1999-01-0071

Published:
  • 1999-03-01
Citation:
Summers, S., Prasad, A., and Hollowell, W., "NHTSA’s Vehicle Compatibility Research Program," SAE Technical Paper 1999-01-0071, 1999, https://doi.org/10.4271/1999-01-0071.
Pages:
8
Abstract:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting a research program to investigate the crash compatibility of passenger cars, light trucks and vans (LTV’s) in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions. NHTSA has conducted a series of eight full-scale vehicle-to-vehicle crash tests to evaluate vehicle compatibility issues. Tests were conducted using four bullet vehicles representing different vehicle classes striking a mid-size sedan in both side and oblique frontal crash configurations. The test results show a good correlation between vehicle aggressivity metrics and injury parameters measured in the struck car for the frontal offset tests, but not for the side impact tests.
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