EU - SafeEV - Safe Small Vehicles through Advanced Simulation Methodologies

Project: Research project

Description

In the next 20 years the number of small and light-weight full electric vehicles will substantially increase
especially in urban areas. These Small Electric Vehicles (SEVs) shows distinctive design differences compared
to the traditional car (e.g. no bonnets, vertical windscreens, outstanding wheels). Thus the consequences of
impacts of SEVs with vulnerable road users (VRU) and other (heavier) vehicles will be different from traditional
collisions. These fundamental changes are not adequately addressed by current vehicle safety evaluation
methods and regulations. VRU protection, compatibility with heavier opponents and the introduction of active
safety systems have to be appropriately taken into account in order to avoid any SEV over-engineering
(e.g. heavy or complex vehicle body) by applying current regulations and substantially impair the SEVs
(environmental) efficiency.
Therefore the project SafeEV aims based on future accident scenarios to define advanced test scenarios and
evaluation criteria for VRU, occupant safety and compatibility of SEVs. Moreover, industrial applicable methods
for virtual testing of these scenarios and criteria (e.g. a method for active occupant safety assessment) will be
developed. These methods are applied in order to derive protection systems for enhanced VRU and occupant
safety for SEVs. The evaluation of one developed hardware system will be used to demonstrate the potential and
applicability of these new methods. Dedicated best practice guidelines for VRU and occupant safety evaluation
of SEVs will ensure a sustainable impact for industry and regulative organisations beyond the project duration.
With the new evaluation methods developed, vehicle safety for SEV on urban roads in the next decade will be
adequately addressed resulting in less fatalities and injuries without compromising vehicle efficiency. Moreover
cost-efficient development of SEVs will be made possible by the new virtual testing methodologies developed.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/10/1230/09/15