This latest edition and successor to the well-known German language handbook last published by Professors Heinrich Buschmann and Paul Koessler is widely considered to be one of the most comprehensive encyclopedias of vehicle systems and design. Featuring more extensive coverage than other comparable publications, it contains: information on automotive design and applications Over 40 subject matter experts focusing on specific automotive topics Information on powertrains, electronics, vehicle safety and future materials Extensive figures, drawings, illustrations and formulas
Even though a number of developed countries enjoy a high level of vehicle safety, more than 1.2 million fatalities still occur each year on roadways worldwide. There remains a need to continue improving vehicle and road safety. New technologies in sensors and electronic control units, and the growing knowledge of car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure technologies have led to a fusion of the previously separated areas of accident avoidance (popularly known as active safety) and mitigation of injuries (popularly known as passive safety) into the newer concept of integrated vehicle safety. This new approach represents a further step toward lowering accident rates. This book, written by two of the foremost automotive engineering safety experts, takes a unique and comprehensive approach to describing all areas of vehicle safety: accident avoidance, pre-crash, mitigation of injuries, and post-crash technologies, providing a solutions-based perspective of integrated vehicle safety.
Examining the state-of-the-art in passenger car vehicle safety, the book features thorough discussion of the interrelationships among the occupant, the vehicle, and the restraint system (in frontal, lateral, and rear impacts and rollover).