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Safety of Commercial Vehicles


Due to increasing transport services in road freight traffic and the comparatively high number of fatal accidents, vehicle safety in commercial vehicles is increasingly becoming the focus and initial successes have already been recorded. The number of accident victims in accidents with heavy commercial vehicles has fallen by around 35% since the turn of the millennium. With current adjustments in European legislation on active and passive commercial vehicle safety, there are also development requirements that go far beyond the previous level. A major step towards improving active safety is, for example, the adoption of the UN regulations UN R130 and UN R131, which have introduced autonomous emergency braking systems (Advanced Emergency Braking Systems, AEBS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) since November 1, 2015 for all heavy-duty vehicles. Both systems have great potential for avoiding rear-end, two-way traffic and rollover accidents or at least for reducing the consequences of an accident. Activities are currently underway to further tighten UN R131 and the UN R151 regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems (Turning assistance) is being introduced into the approval regulations of the UN ECE member states. However, the design of direct and indirect fields of vision (e.g. also via cameras), the cab structure, load securing and underride protection systems are still of major importance with regard to commercial vehicle safety. In this context, among other things, the regulation UN R29 on the crash behavior of the cab structure and the UN R58.03 on the rear underrun protection are of central importance.

Who should attend?

The seminar is focused on specialists and experts from the passenger car and commercial vehicle sector, engineers and technicians from calculation and testing, project engineers and managers, who want to get an overview of the requirements and technological solutions for the development of safety-relevant systems for commercial vehicles and the resulting conclusions to provide compatibility with other road users.

Course Objectives

In this seminar you will get an overview of the requirements and regulations of different vehicle classes and types in the commercial vehicle sector. There is a consideration of today ' s legal requirements in the areas of passive and in particular active vehicle safety. Based on the requirement profile, the current state-of-the-art as well as current trends are shown.

Course Contents

  • Requirements for commercial vehicle development
    • Vehicle classes and types for commercial vehicles
    • Design of heavy commercial vehicles
    • Drivers in the development of commercial vehicles
  • Measures for passive safety
    • Overview of regulations and test methods for passive commercial vehicle safety
    • Effects of the regulations on vehicle design
    • Technological feasibility
    • Protection potential and limits of passive safety measures
  • Measures for active safety
    • Overview of regulations and test methods for active commercial vehicle safety
    • Effects of the regulations on vehicle design
    • Technological feasibility
    • Protection potential and limits of active safety measures
  • Development strategies
    • Energy management
    • Structural design for passive safety
    • Compatibility considerations
    • Solution approaches for conflicting objectives
    • Simulation of driving sequences in active safety

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bachem
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

Bachem Professor Harald Bachem has been in charge of teaching and research in vehicle safety at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences since 2011. Prior to joining the university he held various management positions in industry where he was in charge of development and testing of vehicle safety functions. His last management position was head of cab body development at MAN Truck & Bus AG. Prof. Bachem is chairman of the Wolfsburg Institute for Research, Development and Technology Transfer e. V.

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Dr. Dirk Ulrich
Phone.: 06023 - 96 40 - 66

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