Examining the state--of--the--art in passenger car vehicle safety, Automotive Safety Handbook is the essential reference book on safety engineering. The first and only book with extensive coverage of both active and passive safety systems, Automotive Safety Handbook describes basic relationships and new developments related to accident avoidance (including the man/machine interface) and mitigation of injuries. In addition to detail on accident avoidance, occupant protection, and biomechanics, the book features thorough discussion of the interrelationships among the occupant, the vehicle, and the restraint system (in frontal, lateral, and rear impacts and rollover). Other subjects covered include safety legislation, vehicle body and interior design, accident simulation tests, pedestrian protection, and comptatability.
CONTENTS* Definitions* Driving forces for increased vehicle safety* Safety legislation* Accident data* Accident avoidance* Biomechanics and occupant simulation* Vehicle body* Dynamic vehicle simulation tests* Occupant protection* Interrelationships among occupant, restraint system, and vehicle accidents* Pedestrian protection* Compatability* Computer support for the development of safety components