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Type: Conference paper
Title: A comparison of the pedestrian passive safety performance of the new vehicle fleet in Australia, France and the United Kingdom
Author: Ponte, G.
Anderson, R.
Searson, D.
Citation: Proceedings of the Australian Road Safety Research Policing and Education Conference, 2007: 10 p.
Publisher: Victorian Dept of Justice
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2007
Conference Name: Australian Road Safety Research Policing and Education Conference (2007 : Melbourne, Australia)
Editor: William Gibbons
Organisation: Centre for Automotive Safety Research
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Giulio Ponte, Robert Anderson, Daniel Searson
Abstract: Improvements to frontal vehicle design can improve a pedestrian's chance of survival in a collision but there are no design rules pertaining to pedestrian protection in Australia. Some overseas regulators are mandating a minimum level of pedestrian safety, and one consequence of this might be a flow of safer designs into the Australian vehicle fleet. To assess this, the distribution of pedestrian safety performance in the new car fleet of Australia was compared to those of France and the United Kingdom. A greater proportion of new passenger vehicles rated less than 2-stars for pedestrian safety by Euro NCAP and ANCAP are sold in Australia than in France and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, the portion of the new car fleet in France and the United Kingdom assessed by Euro NCAP/ANCAP since the beginning of 2006 has shown significant improvement and has a larger proportion of better performing vehicles than the equivalent segment of the Australian new car fleet. This period corresponds with the introduction of vehicle pedestrian safety requirements in Europe.
Keywords: Pedestrian
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