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New UN Regulation to enhance Safety of Transport of Children in Buses and Coaches

The majority of the buses and coaches currently in use worldwide are not equipped with safety-belts. And if they are, they are equipped with safety-belts designed to protect adults by means of 2-point or 3-point harness seat belts. These types of safety-belts are not suitable for use on and by children because they could lead to serious injuries and event fatalities in road crashes.

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Vehicles with higher, more vertical Front ends pose greater Risk to Pedestrians

article imageVehicles with especially tall front ends are most dangerous to pedestrians, but a blunt profile makes medium-height vehicles deadly too, new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. Whatever their nose shape, pickups, SUVs and vans with a hood height greater than 40 inches are about 45 percent more likely to cause fatalities in pedestrian crashes than cars and other vehicles with a hood height of 30 inches or less and a sloping profile, an IIHS study of nearly 18,000 pedestrian crashes found.

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NTSB calls for Intelligent Speed Assistance Technology

article imageThe NTSB investigation into a multivehicle collision in North Las Vegas, Nevada, 2022 that resulted in nine fatalities has led the board to recommend a requirement for intelligent speed assistance technology in all new cars. The board issued the recommendations at a public board meeting after determining the crash was caused by excessive speed, drug-impaired driving and Nevada's failure to deter the driver's speeding recidivism due to systemic deficiencies, despite numerous speeding citations.

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World s first realistic simulated Driving Environment based on Crash-prone Michigan Intersection

article imageThe first statistically realistic roadway simulation has been developed by researchers at the University of Michigan. While it currently represents a particularly perilous roundabout, future work will expand it to include other driving situations for testing autonomous vehicle software. The simulation is a machine-learning model that trained on data collected at a roundabout in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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VRU Safety through Cooperative Systems

article imageWithin the scope of the C-ROADS project, Fraunhofer IVI invited its Hamburg project partners to Dresden for a workshop. Together with their colleagues from the Hamburg Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water and the Hamburg Verkehrsanlagen GmbH, the institute's employees discussed the implementation of the VRU C-ITS Service for the protection of vulnerable road users. The VRU service is a promising service that can help realize "Vison Zero" in the context of accidents involving bike riders and pedestrians.

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Volvo Cars opens new Software Testing Center in Sweden

article imageThe new generation of fully electric Volvo cars is hardware designed, but software-defined. This creates exciting new models like the flagship EX90 SUV and the small yet mighty EX30 SUV that become better over time thanks to regular, over-the-air software updates. As part of that strategy, Volvo continuously invests in in-house software development and testing capabilities. Today, Volvo reveals one of their biggest investments to date: a new, state-of-the-art software testing center in Gothenburg, Sweden that amplifies their capacity for integrated software testing at all levels.

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Microwave Absorbers prove themselves in ADAS Applications

article imageThe Chomerics Division of Parker Hannifin reports that its CHO-MUTE 9005 and 9025 elastomer-based microwave absorber materials successfully protect advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) from electromagnetic interference (EMI), a vital requirement for these life-saving and increasingly essential systems.

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NPRM FMVSS 150 V2V Communications withdraw

article imageThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration withdraws a previous proposal to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in new light vehicles. After the advent of new V2V communications protocol, and after a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision regarding the regulations governing the 5.850 5.895 gigahertz (5.9 GHz) band, the agency has decided to withdraw its V2V proposed rule.

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AI Model Speeds up high-resolution Computer Vision

article imageResearchers from MIT, the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, and elsewhere have developed a more efficient computer vision model that vastly reduces the computational complexity of this task. Their model can perform semantic segmentation accurately in real-time on a device with limited hardware resources, such as the on-board computers that enable an autonomous vehicle to make split-second decisions.

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USDOT opens $40 Million Grant Opportunity for Connected Vehicle Technologies

article imageThe U.S. FHWA announced that it is accepting applications under the $40 million Saving Lives with Connectivity: Accelerating V2X Deployment grant opportunity to advance connected and interoperable vehicle technologies. The initiative is focused on road safety, mobility, and efficiency through technology that enables vehicles and wireless devices to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure and provide warnings.

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Reducing Older People s Deaths on European Roads

article imageOlder individuals face a heightened susceptibility to trauma compared to other age groups, primarily due to an increased fatality risk resulting from physical impacts as they age. When a collision occurs, it can have more severe consequences for older individuals. Furthermore, older road users often contend with age-related limitations, making it imperative to proactively prevent injuries among this demographic. Achieving this goal necessitates addressing multiple facets, including modifying behaviour, enhancing vehicle safety, and improving infrastructure.

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Smart Dash opens up new Perspectives for Truck Drivers

article imageScania's new digital dashboard Smart Dash is opening the way to smarter, safer and better truck driving experiences for all kinds of drivers. Its modular build and latest digital solutions ensure that Scania trucks offer a secure, connected and comforting atmosphere behind the wheel. Scania drivers will have excellent control over their truck and surroundings, receiving discreet nudges from their smart truck companion whenever a hazard is anticipated or an action is requested.

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Wang develops new Battery Technology that could lead to safer, high-energy Electric Vehicles

article imageUniversity of Maryland researchers studying how lithium batteries fail have developed a new technology that could enable next-generation electric vehicles (EVs) and other devices that are less prone to battery fires while increasing energy storage. The innovative method, presented in a paper published in the journal Nature, suppresses the growth of lithium dendrites-damaging branch-like structures that develop inside so-called all-solid-state lithium batteries, preventing firms from broadly commercializing  the promising technology.

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SAFER's Board Member Astrid Linder named on the World's Most Influential Women

article imageProfessor Astrid Linder has been named one of the world's 100 most influential and inspiring women by the British BBC. Astrid Linder receives this compliment for her research on traffic safety and the development of the world's first average-sized female crash test dummy. The BBC's international 100-list includes a diverse array of notable individuals in science, culture, sports, and politics.

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Static and Dynamic Analysis of Long-Fibre-Reinforced Plastics
01.12.2023 in Alzenau
Prof. Dr. Thomas Karall - Hof University of Applied Sciences EUR 980
NCAP - New Car Assessment Programs: Tests, Assessment Methods, Ratings
04.12.2023 - 08.12.2023 Online,
Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck - BASt - Federal Highway Reserach Institute EUR 1650
Introduction to Passive Safety of Vehicles
05.12.2023 - 08.12.2023 Online
Ralf Reuter - carhs.training gmbh EUR 1650
Introduction to the Python Programming Language
05.12.2023 - 08.12.2023 Online
Dr. André Backes - TECOSIM GmbH EUR 1650
UpDate Seminar Euro NCAP 2023
12.12.2023 - 13.12.2023 in Hanau
Euro NCAP Experts EUR 1850
Pedestrian Protection - Development Strategies
05.02.2024 - 06.02.2024 in Alzenau
Maren Finck - carhs.training gmbh EUR 830
Design of Composite Structures
06.02.2024 - 09.02.2024 Online
Dr. Roland Hinterhölzl - University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria EUR 1390
Head Impact on Vehicle Interiors: FMVSS 201 and UN R21
06.02.2024 in Alzenau
Torsten Gärtner - Opel Automobile GmbH EUR 830
Euro NCAP - Compact
07.02.2024 in Alzenau
Ralf Reuter - carhs.training gmbh EUR 830
Automated Driving - Safeguarding and Market Introduction
07.02.2024 - 08.02.2024 Online
Udo Steininger - TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH EUR 830
Material Models of Metals for Crash Simulation
08.02.2024 in Alzenau
Dr.-Ing. Helmut Gese - MATFEM - Partnerschaft Dr. Gese & Oberhofer EUR 830
Passenger Cars in Low-Speed Crashes
19.02.2024 - 20.02.2024 Online,
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bachem - Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences EUR 830
Introduction to Passive Safety of Vehicles
20.02.2024 - 21.02.2024 in Alzenau
Ralf Reuter - carhs.training gmbh EUR 1390
Development of Frontal Restraint Systems meeting Legal and Consumer Protection Requirements
20.02.2024 - 23.02.2024 Online
Kai Golowko - Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH EUR 1390
Virtual Testing in Vehicle Safety Regulations and NCAP
21.02.2024 - 22.02.2024 Online
Dr.-Ing. Andre Eggers - BASt - Federal Highway Research Institute EUR 830
Material Models of Composites for Crash Simulation
22.02.2024 in Alzenau
Prof. Dr. Thomas Karall - Hof University of Applied Sciences EUR 830
Product Liability in the Automobile Industry
26.02.2024 - 29.02.2024 Online
Hans-Georg Lohrmann - Quality-Reliability-Safety Consultant EUR 1390
NVH - Background, Practice and Simulation Methodology
27.02.2024 - 28.02.2024 in Alzenau
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Jennewein - Darmstadt UAS, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Zopp - RheinMain UAS EUR 1390
NCAP - New Car Assessment Programs: Tests, Assessment Methods, Ratings
27.02.2024 - 01.03.2024 Online,
Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck - BASt - Federal Highway Research Institute EUR 1390
High Speed Cameras Workshop
29.02.2024 in Alzenau
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weber - High Speed Vision GmbH EUR 830

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