Safer cars for pedestrians, but more costly to repair?

  • Published: Thatcham Research News 10/no.7, No date
  • Authors: M. Avery and A. Weekes
  • Date Added: 02 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 04 Jul 2014

Objectives:

To disseminate news and trends in vehicle design relating to passive pedestrian protection.

Methodology:

Consideration of lower leg - bumper test results and repair costs, plus testing of active bonnet deployment.

Key Findings:

  • There is no correlation between bumper repair cost and level of protection afforded to pedestrians (for the sample of vehicles selected).

  • There exist different active bonnet deployment mechanisms, with differing deployment trigger speeds, time to deploy and costs of repair.

Themes:

Pedestrian injuries, vehicle design, active bonnet, passive safety

Comments:

A summary piece for on-going research – gives a high level overview of the state of some current passive system systems fitted to vehicles.

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