This paper investigates the effect of vehicle front height lowering operation of precrash dipping nose (PCDN) on pedestrians. Although PCDN was developed for vehicle-vehicle side crashes, there is a possibility that the range sensor for crash detection will fail to distinguish a group of pedestrians from a side-faced vehicle. For simulation-based investigation, a vehicle model, an air spring with PCDN actuator, a pedestrian, and active hood system (AHS) were modeled. Two vehicle models were made for a sedan and a sport utility vehicle (SUV), respectively. In all crash situations (frontal crash without AHS, frontal crash with AHS, and side crash without AHS), a falsely operated PCDN is expected to cause worse pedestrian injury. As a conclusion, we insist that PCDN should incorporate a pedestrian-recognition capability into its crash detection system to reduce the improper activation of its actuator. In addition, as AHS showed a good performance even in improper activation, we propose a complementary method that activates AHS when PCDN is activated. It is noteworthy that the increasing importance of pedestrian protection seems to enforce even a system developed for vehicle-vehicle crashes to be investigated from the perspective of pedestrian safety.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Dec 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Automotive Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications