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Most midsize SUVs perform well in new Side Test

More than half the midsize SUVs tested earn good ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety s new side-impact evaluation. Ten out of 18 midsize SUVs earn good ratings: the Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and Volkswagen ID.4, the only electric vehicle in the group.

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Consumer Skepticism toward Autonomous Driving features justified

article imageIn AAA's latest survey of attitudes about automated vehicles, drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver support features rather than develop self-driving cars. And this desire is backed by another round of AAA testing that reveals inconsistent performance remains a problem with available driving assistance systems, resulting in crashes with a car and a bicyclist.

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Calspan constructs Cutting-edge Automotive Safety Testing Lab to meet Needs of next Generation Vehicles

article imageCalspan is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art, 40,000+ sq/ft occupant safety and automotive component development testing laboratory. This secure facility will be utilized to perform crashworthiness testing for vehicle interiors, seating, restraint systems, child seats, and related accessories. The test lab features new 3.1 Meganewton (MN) and 1.0 MN servo sleds that allow Calspan's customers to bring new and innovative products to market, which will ultimately help to reduce injuries and fatalities on roads all over the world.

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Newly released Estimates show Traffic Fatalities reached a 16-Year High in 2021

article imageThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. NHTSA projects that an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020. The projection is the highest number of fatalities since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history. Behind each of these numbers is a life tragically lost, and a family left behind. 

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FMVSS 214 Equipment Upgrades to meet the new Challenges for Electric Vehicles

article imageMGA has been developing and building safety test equipment for over 40 years to be used to test vehicles and components for crashworthiness. Typically changes and additions to specifications drive equipment innovation and development. Electric vehicles have changed the way tests are conducted. In case of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 214 Side Impact Protection, massive updates to equipment were necessary. With MGA's experience and expertise, these changes were made quickly.

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Nissan Qashqai and VW ID.5 excel in Highway Assist

article imageAs part of its ongoing evaluation of assisted driving technology, Euro NCAP has tested Highway Assistance systems offered on four recent cars. The Jaguar I-PACE system was graded as 'Entry' level, the updated Polestar 2 system as 'Good', and the VW ID.5 and Nissan Qashqai are the best performers with systems rated as 'Very Good'.

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IIHS eyes higher-speed Test for Automatic Emergency Braking

article imageNow that nearly every new vehicle comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is looking for ways to encourage even better systems that can prevent more severe front-to-rear crashes that occur at higher speeds. Through its ratings of front crash prevention systems and an industry commitment it helped facilitate, IIHS sought to make AEB systems virtually universal. This goal has been achieved.

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L.A.'s Injury Rate from E-scooters may exceed national Rate for Motorcycles

article imageFor a recent six-year period, the injury rate for riders of electric scooters in one section of Los Angeles was higher than the national rates for riders of motorcycles, bicycles and cars, and pedestrians, new UCLA research has found. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, uses data from greater Los Angeles to highlight a risk that is likely to grow globally as e-scooters proliferate.

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ETSC and Dutch Safety Board want Improvements to assisted Driving Standards

article imageThe ETSC, together with founder-member the Dutch Safety Board, have written to the European Commission raising a number of concerns about the regulation of assisted driving systems. The Dutch Safety Board has investigated a number of collisions involving driver assistance systems in the past, and published a groundbreaking report on the issue in 2019.

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Garmin introduces the Varia RCT715 Rearview Radar activated Tail Light with built-in Camera

article imageGarmin announced the Varia RCT715 rearview radar with camera and tail light. Designed to provide cyclists with peace of mind during any ride, day or night, the Varia RCT715 continuously captures sharp, clear video during a ride while still providing state-of-the-art radar technology. "For years, cyclists around the world have trusted our Varia rearview radars to enhance their awareness of approaching vehicles during a ride, and we are thrilled to add the new RCT715 to the lineup of 'must-have' cycling safety products," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.

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Finnish Researchers say E-scooter Riders more likely to be injured than Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorcycle Riders

article imageA Finnish research team investigating e-scooter related injuries has said their data show a higher rate of e-scooter injuries compared to other transport modes analysed in earlier studies. The new research identified 331 patients with e-scooter-related injuries who were admitted to the accident and emergency department in Tampere, a city of some 226,000 people in Finland, between April 2019 and April 2021.

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EU Member States highlight Road Safety Improvements thanks to Exchange Programme

article imageDutch-inspired improvements to cycling infrastructure in Lithuania, harmonised day and night-time urban speed limits in Poland and major new national road safety strategies in Greece and Portugal are some of the changes inspired by the EU-funded Road Safety Exchange project, which wraps up with a final event in Brussels. The project, which was funded by the European Parliament and managed by the European Transport Safety Council on behalf of the European Commission, has linked national experts from twelve EU Member States in partnerships spanning three years.

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Product Liability in the Automobile Industry
01.06.2022 - 02.06.2022 in Alzenau
Hans-Georg Lohrmann - Quality-Reliability-Safety Consultant EUR 1590
Head Impact on Vehicle Interiors: FMVSS 201 and UN R21
02.06.2022 - 03.06.2022 Online
Torsten Gärtner - Opel Automobile GmbH EUR 940
Briefing on the Worldwide Status of Automated Vehicle Policies
07.06.2022 - 08.06.2022 Online
John F. Creamer - GlobalAutoRegs.com EUR 940

10.06.2022 Online
Industry Experts EUR 490
Euro NCAP - Compact
20.06.2022 in Alzenau
Ralf Reuter - carhs.training gmbh EUR 790
Pedestrian Protection - Development Strategies
20.06.2022 - 21.06.2022 Online
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Maren Finck, carhs.training gmbh EUR 790
Einführung in die Programmiersprache Python
21.06.2022 - 22.06.2022 in Alzenau
Dr. André Backes - TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH EUR 1340
17th PraxisConference Pedestrian Protection 2022
22.06.2022 - 23.06.2022 in Bergisch Gladbach
Industry Experts from EUR 990
Side Impact - Requirements and Development Strategies
27.06.2022 - 30.06.2022 Online
Stephanie Wolter - BMW AG, Norman Meißner - BMW AG EUR 1340
NCAP - New Car Assessment Programs: Tests, Assessment Methods, Ratings
27.06.2022 - 28.06.2022 in Alzenau
Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck - BASt - Federal Highway Research Institute EUR 1340
International Safety and Crash-Test Regulations: Current Status and Future Developments
27.06.2022 - 30.06.2022 Online
John F. Creamer - GlobalAutoRegs.com EUR 1340
Python-based Machine Learning with CAE Applications
29.06.2022 - 30.06.2022 in Alzenau
Dr. André Backes - TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH EUR 1340
Euro NCAP Passive Safety Workshop
29.06.2022 - 30.06.2022 in Landsberg am Lech
Volker Sandner - ADAC Technik Zentrum Landsberg EUR 1340
automotive CAE Grand Challenge 2022
05.07.2022 - 06.07.2022 in Hanau
Industry Experts from EUR 780
Introduction to Passive Safety of Vehicles
11.07.2022 - 14.07.2022 Online
Ralf Reuter - carhs.training gmbh EUR 1340
Development of Frontal Restraint Systems meeting Legal and Consumer Protection Requirements
18.07.2022 - 21.07.2022 Online
Kai Golowko - Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH EUR 1340

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