Browse Publications Technical Papers 2010-01-0924
2010-04-12

Mapping of Global Road Systems Based on Statistical Discriminant Analysis 2010-01-0924

Automotive manufacturers are facing continuously changing Global environment. Traditionally, these manufacturers relied on structural and general durability tests to validate vehicles. For these tests to remain representative of customer usage in a Global environment, the overall surface conditions of the Global road systems must be studied. Understanding and classifying these road systems conditions is an important step in dealing with vehicle durability in the Global environment.
In this paper, an approach to mapping the world road systems into Established Roads (ER) and Developing Roads (DR), utilizing Statistical Discriminant Analysis (SDA), is presented. The classification of Global regions as DR and ER road systems can be effectively used to recommend appropriate development and validation tests for each road system. A few examples are presented to demonstrate how the ER vs. DR mapping and consideration of country specific conditions can be used in selecting the appropriate vehicle content which would satisfy requirements and meet durability targets.

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