The aim is to prevent accidents.
Encompasses situations encountered during normal driving, as well as risk situations up to the point when an accident may happen. In this area we study humans, vehicles, traffic environments and interactions between the three.
Developments in this field focus on operational perceptual and handling safety. The latter gains increasing importance since the introduction of the antilock breaking system or electronic stability programs that provide assistance for speed control and steering in critical situations. There is an obvious need for further research to develop advanced braking, steering, suspension control and collision warning/avoidance systems based not least on knowledge about various HMI (human machine interaction) aspects for different types of drivers.
One prerequisite for success is a strong interaction between different technique areas and behavioral sciences. Pre-Crash Safety represents a huge potential to reduce the danger of becoming involved in critical situations on the road and will further diminish the risk of an accident in such situations.
Yngve Håland, PhD, Adj prof
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