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Overview of Safety and Occupant Protection C1955

Considerations for Collision Load Cases and Occupant Protection in Level 4 and 5 Autonomous Vehicles.

Occupant protection considerations based upon decades of motor vehicle safety science are well developed and understood for conventional vehicles that rely on driver lookout, situational awareness, information capture, data processing, development of control intentions and finally, execution of control actions.

Adaptation and application of Automated Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) at the SAE Level 3 and above are expected to positively affect the frequency, type, and severity of vehicle collisions. However, for continuing decades, Autonomous Vehicles at ADAS Level 4 and 5 will share traffic-ways with vehicles piloted by human drivers.

In general, ADAS Level 4 and 5 vehicles will not be immune to impact events that are caused by human operators in the collision partner vehicle. Therefore, safety engineers responsible for ADAS Level 4 and 5 vehicles must deliberately consider the types and severity of collisions to which such vehicles may be subject, the potential for impact insult to occupants of the ADAS vehicles, and the biomechanical tolerance limits for occupants of such vehicles who become subject to impact insult in such collisions.

Learning Objectives

This course reviews occupant protection consideration based upon decades of motor vehicle safety science developments, focusing on regulations, consumer metrics, product liability requirements, event data records and collision compatibility.  These technologies will be explained within the context of autonomous vehicles at ADAS Level 4 and 5 who will share traffic ways with vehicles piloted by human drivers.  This course offers an excellent overview of occupant protection guidelines, alternative cabin designs and seating configurations for those involved in the design and development of autonomous vehicles.

1. The science of Motor Vehicle Safety
2. Occupant Protection State of the Art
    a. Regulations
    b. Consumer metrics
    c. Products Liability Requirements - Reasonably safe
    d. Other considerations – Event data Recorders
    e. Collision Compatibility - partner protection
3. Use Cases and Potential Collision Load Cases
4. Regulatory Policy Guidelines
5. Occupant Protection Considerations:
    a. Segregated domain and dedicated applications
    b. Integrated domain and dedicated application
    c. Integrated domain and limited application
    d. Integrated domain and unrestricted applications
6. Alternative cabin designs and seating configurations
Robert Lange

Robert Lange Bob Lange has over 40 years of experience in Automobile Safety: 12 years at Ford in vehicle design engineering, 15 years as a Safety Executive at General Motors, and over 20 years consulting at Exponent, Inc., his current employer. Bob worked in system engineering, safety data analyses, safety technology research and development, safety technology applications, safety rule-making in the US and other jurisdictions, safety consumer metrics, defect investigations, recall decisions and implementation. Bob has published technical articles related to vehicle crashworthiness, crash avoidance, safety system effectiveness, safety technology development and application, rollover injury science, and requirements for autonomous vehicles. He has worked on multiple safety standards that are now common to the industry and is a recipient of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Award for Engineering Excellence in Safety.

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Fees: $425.00
SAE Members: $340.00 - $383.00

.4 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 1 Day
October 28, 2019 (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) - Novi, Michigan