Vehicle Safety

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In the recent years, the United States government has been enforcing stricter mandates on auto manufacturers to create safer vehicles, and on construction companies to create safer roadways. Matthew Jensen wrote a dissertation for the Graduate School of Clemson University titled, A Methodology for the Analysis of In-vehicle Operating Data and Design of Intelligent Vehicle Systems for Improved Automotive Safety. In his abstract, Jensen evaluated the future of vehicle manufacturing and traffic-related incidents. Of course, every year more vehicles are manufactured, which in theory means the number of miles driven in vehicles increases. He points out how the World Health Organization (WHO) found that automobile crashes was the ninth leading cause of death across the globe, and projected it to be number three by the year 2020 (Jensen). As technology improves so does driver safety, however this can be credited to improvements of the on-board safety systems. One such safety system was a hardware-in-the-loop steering simulator, which produced varying levels of vibration to the driver through the steering wheel. The haptic steering feedback resulted in improvement of 62% reduction in the inability to avoid obstacles. Other results included an increase in obstacle awareness of over 30 feet. United States mandated safety standards are vast, covering a wide range of features. Most recently at the mandatory traction control required to be on all vehicles sold in the United States beginning just this year, 2012 (Jensen). Because of the increasing numbers and levels of the safety mandates, vehicle developers and manufacturers have been turning to technology to improve the safety standards. This can include anything from “in-vehicle ... ... middle of paper ... ...le and driver safety getting as far depth as drivers etiquette simulators. The overall theme however, was how each driver is an individual, and that makes it difficult to create safety features to respond to those individual attributes. Just as in any information system, one should use the way it was intended and designed. The results will be superior. When the behavior starts to progress away from nominal the safety features provide little to no safety at all. After all, it is only a database, awaiting input from the user. Works Cited Jensen, M.. A methodology for the analysis of in-vehicle operating data and design of intelligent vehicle systems for improved automotive safety. Ph.D. dissertation, Clemson University, United States -- South Carolina. Retrieved February 25, 2012, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text.(Publication No. AAT 3454937).
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