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Child Advanced Safety Project for European Roads

CASPER

Child Advanced Safety Project for European Roads

Call for proposal: 
FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

Children are more and more involved in all modes of transportations. They have no choice. Accidents are a possibility.

Objectives: 

The objectives of CASPER were to reduce fatalities and injuries of children involved in traffic accidents. Therefore, the project focused on:

  • improvement of the efficiency of child protection through the development of innovative tools. For example: new sensors, dummies and child human models. This will be completed by test procedures in frontal and lateral configurations, with associated injury criteria, in order to provide to CRS manufacturers the possibility to develop and test their products at a lower cost, with new methods, and at a same guarantee of efficiency;
  • analysis of the reasons and consequences of misuse of child restraint systems and of the influence of the real conditions of child transport, as compared to the certification test procedures.
Methodology: 

The main deliverables were the improvement of biomechanical behaviour of existing dummies associated to new measurements sensors, as well as dummies and child human numerical models, with improved test procedures, which will allow solving the issues for improvement of children protection.

Reports on the conditions of use of child restraint systems and consequences in accidents, including campaigns of information were made in order to solve the problem of children involved in traffic accidents.

Seven European countries were involved in this consortium, with 14 partners who all have a long experience in the field of child safety. They have complementary profiles and were chosen for their high level of competence as regards crash investigations, test performance, computer simulations, experience on dummies and instrumentation, injury biomechanics, computer modelling and virtual testing.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
The European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

The CASPER project conducted a large research programme on safety. A lot of results are now available in many areas of child safety. Namely:

  • Field studies from different countries on the use and misuse of child restraint systems.
  • Accident data for restrained children.
  • Injury criteria for frontal impact.
  • The completion of the Q-family dummy models.
  • A system to evaluate the protection of the abdomen for children in cars.
  • Many work methodologies that have been improved during the life of the project.

Technical Implications

Q-child dummy model development;

  • Models Q0, Q1, Q1,5, Q3, Q3s and Q6 have been developed.

Policy implications

As there is a continuous need of getting updates on field data, the methods were made public and will certainly be useful to other teams or to set basis of a new research project.

Strategy targets

1. An efficient and integrated mobilty sytem: 1.4 Acting on transport safety: saving thousands of lives.

Readiness

Some parts of the project have already been implemented, for other parts further research is necessary. Further investment is needed in child restraint systems and environment models to achieve predictive models.

Lead Organisation: 

Gie De Recherches Et D'etudes Psa Renault

Address: 
AVENUE DE LA GRANDE ARMEE 75
75116 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€490,179
Partner Organisations: 

Centre Europeen D'etudes De Securite Et D'analyse Des Risquesc.e.e.s.a.r.et D'analyse Des Risques

Address: 
Rue Des Suisses
92000 Nanterre
France
EU Contribution: 
€241,872

Ludwig-Maximilians University Of Munich

Address: 
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€82,036

Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno

Address: 
ANNA VAN BUERENPLEIN 1
2595 DA DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€63,407

Humanetics Europe Gmbh

Address: 
Im Breitspiel 6
69126 Heidelberg
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€80,538

Medical University Hannover

Address: 
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
N/A30625 HANNOVER
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€125,635

Universite De Strasbourg

Address: 
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67070 Strasbourg
France
EU Contribution: 
€367,313

Technische Universitat Berlin

Address: 
STRASSE DES 17 JUNI 135
10623 Berlin
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€435,832

Idiada Automotive Technology Sa

Address: 
L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€431,513

Verein Für Fahrzeugsicherheit Berlin E.v.

Address: 
Tib 13, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€210,312

Loughborough University

Address: 
Ashby Road
Loughborough
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€246,772

Fiat Auto S.p.a.

Address: 
Corso G. Agnelli 200
10100 TORINO
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€185,151

Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux

Address: 
BOULEVARD ISAAC NEWTON 14 CITE DESCARTES 14-20
77447 MARNE LA VALLEE CEDEX 2
France
EU Contribution: 
€340,961

Bundesanstalt Für Strassenwesen (Federal Highway Research Institute)

Address: 
Brüdenstrasse 53
51427 BERGISCH GLADBACH
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€324,279

Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab

Address: 
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41296 GOTHENBURG
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€228,464
Technologies: 
Development phase: