Pedestrian injury projection in Australia if vehicles achieved a higher pedestrian star rating 2001-06-0186
Pedestrian tests are now included in vehicle crash testing carried out by Australian NCAP to the same procedure as EuroNCAP. Australia has a five year average of 338 pedestrians killed each year amounting to 18% of the total road toll, with many more admitted to hospital. Test data from EuroNCAP Pedestrian tests have been used to indicate the present likelihood of serious head injury to struck pedestrians. Predictions on serious head injury rates are made if the Australian vehicle fleet achieved a minimum of 3 star pedestrian rating or better by the EuroNCAP test and assessment protocols. Estimates of the number of years for the fleet to achieve a higher level of performance are made. Some locations of vehicle bonnet sites that cause high HIC readings are made for designers to take note of.
Christopher G. M. Coxon
Transport South Australia/ANCAP
International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles