Advanced crash avoidance technologies program annual report of the Volvo-Ford-UMTRI project.
In: Sponsored by: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
The Advanced Crash Avoidance Technologies program is a two-year cooperative research program in which Volvo Cars and its partners are one of four industry-led teams working on developing methodologies for estimating the effectiveness of advanced safety technologies intended to assist drivers in avoiding crashes. The program began in January 2007 and will continue through 2008. The aim of this Volvo-led project within the context of the ACAT program, is to develop the general principles of a safety impact methodology (SIM) tool that can be used for driving scenario-based benefit calculations over different phases of a lane departure crash sequence, and to evaluate the potential impact that emerging technologies may have on lane departures crash sequence by a single vehicle. Three new safety technologies from Volvo Cars designed to address lane departure crash sequences are considered for purposes of developing the SIM tool. This report describes the accomplishments and progress made during the first year of the project (January-December 2007). Activities in the first year focused on the development of the SIM tool, assessments of the safety areas and specifications for the candidate technologies, and definition of tests that would give the needed information about these technologies.