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The Vehicle Safety Institute focuses on research questions from the field of transport safety. Particular emphasis is placed on the research areas of "Accident Research", "Integrated Safety", "Safety Aspects of Self-Driving Cars", "Safety Aspects of Alternative Fuel Vehicles" and "Biomechanics". # „Accident Research”: The Vehicle Safety Institute runs its own in-depth accident database, CEDATU. Innovative methods are used to combine this data with other data, such as traffic density, to form a scenario cloud. As well as deducing relevant critical scenarios, the institute also focuses on questions of method development for determining the effectiveness of integrated vehicle safety systems (e.g. X-RATE). # “Integrated Vehicle Safety”: Analysis is undertaken of integrated safety strategies for accident prevention as well as for the reduction of accident severity, taking into account influential factors involving people, vehicle and environment. The institute is developing accident prevention strategies (e.g. AEB, C2X communication) and accident mitigation strategies (e.g. development of innovative restraint systems for self-driving cars, protection of vulnerable road users, child safety, structure safety). In addition to considering accident prevention and accident mitigation strategies separately, integrated safety strategies are analysed, which unite both strategic areas to create one integrated strategy (e.g. activating restraint systems in the pre-collision phase). Research questions are answered using numerical, mostly explicit simulation methods (e.g. human body models,...) as well as experiments (e.g. crash tests, whole vehicle testing on test tracks,...). # “Vehicle Safety Aspects of Self-Driving Vehicles”: One research focus of the Vehicle Safety Institute is finding relevant scenarios for self-driving vehicles. Furthermore, the institute is working on deducing requirements for vehicle safety systems to, in the best case, make critical driving situations into uncritical situations. If an accident cannot be avoided, accident mitigation strategies are analysed to keep the risk of injury as low as possible for all involved in the traffic scenario. Numerical calculation methods and real drive tests are used to answer the research questions. # “Safety Aspects of Alternative Fuel Vehicles”: The current central research focus in this area consists of investigations into the multi-physical behaviour of lithium-based traction batteries in vehicles (e.g. cars, PTWs) under crash conditions. Using quasistatic and dynamic experiments with different SoCs, the multi-physical processes are analysed using special tests. At the same time, predicative simulation models are deduced that make it possible to analyse processes in detail and can be used in vehicle design. The Vehicle Safety Institute runs projects such as the "SafeBattery" K-project. # “Biomechanics”: The research focus of biomechanics is centred on the analysis of people under the influence of high dynamic stress. This makes it possible to analyse injury mechanisms and deduce injury criteria. The analysis of injury risk must be as accurate as possible and kinematic behaviour must be as biofidelic as possible (pre and in-crash) in order to evaluate and optimise safety strategies. Different types of data are used (e.g. accident data, injury data, questionnaires, experiments) as well as detailed analyses based on explicit simulations with numerical human body models.

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Accidents Engineering & Materials Science
Railroad cars Engineering & Materials Science
Braking Engineering & Materials Science
Kinematics Engineering & Materials Science
Wood Engineering & Materials Science
Dissection Engineering & Materials Science
Gaging Engineering & Materials Science
Flow simulation Engineering & Materials Science

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Luigi Aiello


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Georg Baumann


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Matthias Benkner


Research Output 1988 2019

Analysis of pedestrian injuries in pedestrian-car collisions with focus on age and gender

Leo, C., Klug, C., Ohlin, M. & Linder, A., 2019, p. 256-257.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Analysis of Swedish and Dutch accident data on cyclist injuries in cyclist-car collisions

Leo, C., Klug, C., Ohlin, M., Bos, N. M., Davidse, R. J. & Linder, A., 14 Nov 2019, In : Traffic injury prevention. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Railroad cars

Analytical dissection of an automotive Li-ion pouch cell

Kovachev, G., Schröttner, H., Gstrein, G. (ed.), Aiello, L., Hanzu, I., Wilkening, H. M. R., Foitzik, A., Wellm, M., Sinz, W. & Ellersdorfer, C., 31 Oct 2019, In : Batteries. 5, 4, 19 p., 67.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Electric vehicles
Surface properties
Imaging techniques

Activities 2001 2019

Evaluierung verschiedener AEB Betriebssysteme - Auswirkungen auf die Unfallrekonstruktion

Hermann Steffan (Speaker)
5 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at workshop, seminar or courseScience to science

Effectivity of AEB Systems for real-world Pedestrian an Bicyclist Accidents

Michael Gruber (Speaker)
17 Sep 201918 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science

The Effect Of P-AEB System Parameters On The Effectiveness For Real World Pedestrian Accidents

Corina Klug (Speaker), Michael Gruber (Contributor)
13 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


3rd Best SCCG 2007 Paper Award

Markus Grabner (Recipient), Andrea Jammernegg (Recipient), Ralph Wozelka (Recipient) & Steven Andrew Millington (Recipient), 28 Apr 2007

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Anerkennungsbeitrag für die Diplomarbeit

Christoph Breitfuß (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Gender- und Diversitätsstipendium

Marianne Kraut (Recipient), Arno Eichberger (Recipient), Hermann Steffan (Recipient) & Ioana Victoria Koglbauer (Recipient), 11 Oct 2017

Prize: Prizes / Medals / Awards

Press / Media

Puppen erhöhen die Sicherheit

Corina Klug


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

10 Jahre VSI

Hermann Steffan


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

crash test behaviour

Peter Luttenberger


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Projects 1995 2022