Applications of NHTSA's Vehicle Parameter Database

Paper #:
  • 950360

Published:
  • 1995-02-01
Citation:
McCullough, C., Hollowell, W., and Battisti, P., "Applications of NHTSA's Vehicle Parameter Database," SAE Technical Paper 950360, 1995, https://doi.org/10.4271/950360.
Pages:
10
Abstract:
This paper describes the contents, development, and use of the NHTSA's Vehicle Parameter Database in accident data analysis and injury determination. The database also can be used as a source for vehicle information for computer model/simulation programs or in the development of crash avoidance measures.The analyses of damage sustained by vehicles in accidents is based on post-crash information and is somewhat limited since pre-crash measurements are not usually known or readily available. The ability to compare pre-crash and post-crash basic vehicle measurement characteristics provides greater insight into analyzing vehicle damage, degree of intrusion, level of deformation, and injury severity/source.The Vehicle Parameter Database consists of 101 key vehicle dimensions and specifications on more than 2,800 vehicles from 1980 to 1994.
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