For the real life assessment of vehicle's safety in frontal collision, the compatibility (described by the self protection level and the structural interaction) between the opponents is crucial. Although compatibility has been analysed worldwide for years, no final assessment approach was defined.
Taking into account the EEVC WG15 and the FP5 VC-COMPAT project activities, two test approaches are the most important candidates for the assessment of compatibility. Both are composed of an off-set and a full overlap test procedure. However, no final decision was taken. In addition, another approach (tests with a moving deformable barrier) is getting more and more in the focus of today's research programmes.
The project objective is formulating the assessment approach of vehicle's safety in frontal collisions.
Within this project different off-set, full overlap and MDB test procedures will be analysed to be able to propose a compatibility assessment approach which will be accepted by a majority of the involved industry and research organisations.
The development work will be accompanied by harmonisation activities to include research results from outside the consortium and to early disseminate the project results taking into account recent GRSP activities on ECE R94, EuroNCAP, etc.
The project assesses vehicle safety in frontal collisions. In such cases, crash compatibility between the colliding vehicles is crucial. Although compatibility has received worldwide attention for many years, no final assessment approach has been defined. The FIMCAR project analysed different frontal impact test procedures and their potential for future frontal impact legislation. The research activities focused on car-to-car frontal impact accidents. Test procedures have been developed combined with a crash test programme and numerical simulations.
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