NHTSA Seeking Public Comment on Crash Test Vehicle

The U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has teamed up with the European New Car Assessment Program, Thatcham and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to develop a specialized 3D crash model to test vehicles that include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The agency has scheduled a public meeting to allow stakeholders to view the vehicle and offer comment.

The organizations are seeking to develop a vehicle that can be recognized by sensors as a passenger car from any approach angle. They want the vehicle to be durable so they can safely and repeatedly strike it with another car or heavy vehicle without causing harm.

Thatcham hosted two similar events in the United Kingdom that allowed automakers and suppliers to measure the appearance of multiple surrogate designs and offer comment.

“The feedback received from these companies has been invaluable, and has helped refine the surrogate to its current characteristics,” according to a statement from NHTSA.

NHTSA is hosting the two-day event on the test track at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, July 13-14.

Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers will have the opportunity to use vehicle-based sensors, such as radar, LIDAR and cameras to measure the vehicle on the first day. These results will then be used to make adjustments to the model before second day. Results from the second testing day will be used to help finalize the vehicle’s design.

NHTSA plans to identify a final design by December 2016.

For more information about the event and sign up, click here.

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