1973-01-01

The United States Technical Presentation - Conclusions and Projections on Esv Development 736037

General Motors completed development and testing of its Experimental Safety Vehicle prototypes in May 1972. Two ESV prototypes and two ESV's rebuilt after testing were delivered to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its independent test and evaluation.
The GM-ESV designers produced a vehicle close to contract specifications for accident avoidance and occupant crash protection. The vehicle, however, was seriously overweight.
The purpose of this report is to comment on the results of the first ESV program, to add comments to the recently published 3,000 pound intermediate ESV and to suggest areas for additional research in highway safety

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