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NHTSA publishes U.S. NCAP Request for Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed significant safety updates to its flagship 5-Star Safety Ratings program. These improvements are part of the Biden-Harris Administration s efforts to improve safety on our nation s roads and will help fulfill requirements included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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NHTSA finalizes first Occupant Protection Safety Standards for Vehicles without Driving Controls

article imageThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a first-of-its-kind final rule to ensure safety of occupants in automated vehicles. This rule updates the occupant protection Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to account for vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls associated with a human driver because they are equipped with automated driving systems.

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New Column: Quo vadis Automated Driving?

article imagePart 12: The Autonomous Vehicles Approval and Operation Ordinance is on its way.
We are pleased to have found a renowned expert in Dipl.-Phys. Udo Steininger, who will accompany the developments around "Automated Driving" in a monthly column in SafetyNews. Udo Steiniger is a senior expert for vehicle safety at TÜV SÜD and has specialized in automated driving since 2006.

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20th SafetyWeek: Interview with Andre Seeck (BASt)

article imageOn the occasion of the upcoming 20th SafetyWeek, Maren Finck, program director of SafetyUpDate spoke with director and professor Andre Seeck from the German Federal Highway Research Institute. Seeck has been a speaker since the beginning and reports annually on what's new from Euro NCAP. In this interview with Maren Finck, he looks back on the last 20 years and gives an outlook on what there will be to report at SafetyWeek 2022. The focus here is in particular on the Roadmap 2030, which is currently being developed and discussed at Euro NCAP.

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Euro NCAP Twenty-five Years on - New Polo, Taigo, Megane and NX Earn highest Accolades

article imageEuro NCAP publishes its first results of 2022 with the safety ratings of seven vehicles. The Volkswagen Polo and crossover Taigo both earn five stars. The Megane E-Tech, the first Renault model based on their new dedicated electric vehicle platform, also achieved the top safety rating, as does the new Lexus NX. The BMW 2 Series Coupé was awarded four stars.

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NAVYA and VALEO partner to develop a unique Safety System for the Commercialization of Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles

article imageNAVYA and VALEO are extending their collaboration and are combining their know-how as part of the French government's 4th Investment Program for the Future to develop and design the future "Autonomous Vehicle Failsafe System" (AVFS).

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With iSWACO-ARGUS, iMAR provides the Key Tool for the efficient Fulfilment of the legal Requirement of Driving Function Validation

article imageNow the time has come: With the printed matter 86/22 of the German Federal Council, the validation of the driving functions of highly automated vehilces on the road and on the proving ground is required by law and iMAR offers a leading solution for this with iSWACO-ARGUS. The technology of the iSWACO-ARGUS tool chain developed by iMAR Navigation in St. Ingbert allows our customers for the first time to meet the requirement for the approval of highly automated vehilces efficiently and reproducibly on the test site.

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Magna lands Industry-first Award for integrated Driver and Occupant Monitoring System

article imageWith the rapid global growth of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), driver monitoring is quickly becoming an important feature and safety function. Getting ahead of Euro NCAP and General Safety Regulation mandates, Magna has secured a high-volume, global award from a German automaker to bring its industry-first system solution combining its camera, electronics and interior mirror technology to the market starting in 2024.

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IIHS recognizes safest 2022 Models

article imageThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is recognizing 65 models with the 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, as improved headlight offerings boost more vehicles into the top tier. Another 36 models earn the lower-tier TOP SAFETY PICK award for a total of 101 winners overall. This time last year, there were 90 winners, including 49 earning TOP SAFETY PICK+.

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Applus+ IDIADA performs a Driver Visual Distraction Characterization (DVDC) Study for Toyota

article imageThe experiment brought together 120+ naïve drivers, the largest number of participants ever gathered in a dynamic driving simulator for a test on the characterization of drivers' visual distraction patterns. The Driver Visual Distraction Characterization (DVDC) experiment, conducted in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, investigated and assessed driver visual attention associated with road traffic accidents and near-misses.


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Ford tests Footsteps, Bicycle Bells as Smart Driver Aler

article imageDriver alerts - in the form of visual displays and warning tones - help us to negotiate our daily drives. But what if such sounds simulated those made by potential hazards - and enabled drivers to know exactly where they were coming from? Ford is trialling smart driver alert technology that could do exactly that. Engineers are exploring a clever use of in-car audio to clearly convey the location of other road users or pedestrians. In addition, they are testing the use of intuitive sounds - such as footsteps, bicycle bells and the sound of passing cars - rather than a single tone.

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NHTSA releases 2020 Traffic Crash Data

article imageThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2020 annual traffic crash data, showing that 38,824 lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide. That number marks the highest number of fatalities since 2007. The estimated number of police-reported crashes in 2020 decreased by 22% as compared to 2019, and the estimated number of people injured declined by 17%.

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CATARC selects Rohde & Schwarz's C-V2X RF Automated Test System

article imageC-V2X is one of the most significant automotive developments, and the creation of the appropriate standards and testing procedures to ensure compliance has become the key to this technology. Vehicle OEMs and Tier1 component suppliers need a standard system to support and guide the development and research of their C-V2X products and function of the overall system.

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Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC)

article imageThe collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC) is hosted by the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) the only government-sponsored vehicle safety conference that brings together leading engineering experts from governments, automobile manufacturers, suppliers, safety researchers and other motor vehicle safety professionals.

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Seminars and Events

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carhs.training seminars and events for automotive safety.

All seminars are available as in-house trainings in both German and English!

Design and Simulation of Vehicle Vibration
30.03.2022 in Alzenau
Dr.-Ing. Olaf Kolk - BMW Group EUR 940
Modeling of Joints in Crash Simulation
31.03.2022 in Alzenau
Dr.-Ing. Silke Sommer, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM EUR 940
Crashworthy and Lightweight Car Body Design
04.04.2022 - 05.04.2022 in Alzenau
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Schumacher - University of Wuppertal EUR 1590
Introduction to Passive Safety of Vehicles
04.04.2022 - 07.04.2022 Online
Rainer Hoffmann - carhs.training gmbh EUR 1590
Introduction to Impact Biomechanics and Human Body Models
05.04.2022 - 08.04.2022 Online
Prof. Dr. Karin Brolin - Lightness by Design AB EUR 1590
Side Impact - Requirements and Development Strategies
05.04.2022 - 06.04.2022 in Alzenau
Stephanie Wolter - BMW AG, Norman Meißner - BMW AG EUR 1590
Vehicle safety under self-certification: Principles, obligations, enforcement, and remedies
05.04.2022 - 08.04.2022 Online
John F. Creamer - GlobalAutoRegs.com EUR 1590
Introduction to Active Safety of Vehicles
25.04.2022 - 26.04.2022 Online
Dr.-Ing. Gerd Müller - Technical University Berlin EUR 790
Crash Safety of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
26.04.2022 - 27.04.2022 in Alzenau
Rainer Justen - Daimler AG EUR 1340
Basics of Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing)
28.04.2022 in Alzenau
Prof. Dr. Fabian Riß - Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences EUR 790
CAE - based Acoustic Analysis and Design
02.05.2022 - 09.05.2022 Online
Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Migeot - Hexagon EUR 1340
Child Protection in Front and Side Impacts - Current and Future Requirements
04.05.2022 in Alzenau
Britta Schnottale - BASt - Federal Highway Research Institute EUR 790
Early Increase of Design Maturity of Restraint System Components in the Reduced Prototype Vehicle Development Process
05.05.2022 - 06.05.2022 Online
Sandro Hübner - EDAG Engineering GmbH EUR 790
Crash Safety of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
09.05.2022 - 12.05.2022 Online
Rainer Justen - Mercedes-Benz AG EUR 1340
Scenario-, Simulation- and Data-based Development, Validation and Safeguarding of Automated Driving Functions
09.05.2022 - 12.05.2022 Online
Dr. Andreas Kuhn - Andata Entwicklungstechnologie GmbH EUR 1340

Please find the full list of seminars at our website.

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