Auto industry develops articulated pedestrian dummy

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has joined forces with the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and test equipment providers to develop an articulated pedestrian dummy that better simulates a pedestrian crossing the street. This will support the development of the scenarios used for testing vehicle pedestrian protection systems.

Euro NCAP introduced a new test this year to determine how effective vehicles are at autonomously detecting and preventing collisions with pedestrians. However, static test dummies were not able to accurately replicate the characteristics of a moving pedestrian.

As a result, ACEA and its members have contributed to developing a new test dummy in an effort to demonstrate the safety performance of their vehicles by conducting tests under the most realistic conditions possible.

This new test dummy model is able to simulate the characteristics of a pedestrian crossing the road and therefore provides a much better representation compared with previous non-articulated dummies. This upgrade was realized by adding two realistically moving legs to the dummy, which helps to ensure that the vehicle’s systems will be tested using real human attributes.

The new articulated dummy is already available on the global market and its makers wish to contribute to improving pedestrians’ safety by making their know-how publicly available in a pedestrian target specifications document, which enables anyone to build a similar test dummy.

March 3, 2016

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