Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-1282
2008-04-14

Triple Safety: Lightweighting Automobiles to Improve Occupant, Highway, and Global Safety 2008-01-1282

Automobiles' negative impact on human health and welfare includes traffic-related deaths and injuries as well as the deaths and injuries caused by automobiles' contribution to climate change and other global environmental degradation. This paper explores solutions that both enhance vehicle performance and reduce environmental impacts, and focuses on demonstrating the ability of lightweight vehicles to provide such a solution. Some controversy exists around the question of whether lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles can be as safe as traditional vehicles. Recent research reviewed in this paper indicates that several solutions exist that can both improve efficiency and thereby global safety, and maintain (or even improve) highway safety.

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