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Validation of Equations for Motorcycle and Rider Lean on a Curve

SAE International Journal of Transportation Safety

Kineticorp LLC-Neal Carter, Nathan A. Rose, David Pentecost
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1422
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Several sources report simple equations for calculating the lean angle required for a motorcycle and rider to traverse a curved path at a particular speed. These equations utilize several assumptions that reconstructionists using them should consider. First, they assume that the motorcycle is traveling a steady speed. Second, they assume that the motorcycle and its rider lean to the same lean angle. Finally, they assume that the motorcycle tires have no width, such that the portion of the tires contacting the roadway does not change or move as the motorcycle and rider lean. This study reports physical testing that the authors conducted with motorcycles traversing curved paths to examine the net effect of these assumptions on the accuracy of the basic formulas for motorcycle lean angle. We concluded that the basic lean angle formulas consistently underestimate the lean angle of the motorcycle as it traverses a particular curved path. This finding is consistent with the expected effect of the simplifying assumptions employed by these basic formulas.
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Accuracy of SUAS Photogrammetry for Use in Accident Scene Diagramming

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Unmanned Experts-Drew A. Jurkofsky
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1426
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Photogrammetry from images captured by terrestrial cameras and manned aircraft has been used for many years to model objects, create scale diagrams and measure distances for use in traffic accident investigation and reconstruction. Due to increasing capability and availability, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including small UAS (SUAS), are becoming a valuable, cost effective tool for collecting aerial images for photogrammetric analysis. The metric accuracy of scale accident scene diagrams created from SUAS imagery has yet to be compared to conventional measurement methods, such as total station and laser measurement systems, which are widely used by public safety officials and private consultants.For this study, two different SUAS were used to collect aerial imagery for photogrammetric processing using PhotoModeler software. A high-resolution consumer grade camera as well as a lower-resolution integrated camera was used as payload to determine the effect of camera resolution on the photogrammetric accuracy of two mock accident scenes. Using a Nikon total station as measurement control, SUAS photogrammetry from both cameras was compared using established targets. As a subjective comparison, the roadway layout…
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Driver Lane Change Prediction Using Physiological Measures

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Ford Motor Co.-Dev S. Kochhar
University of Michigan-Yi lu Murphey, Paul Watta, Xipeng Wang, Tianyu Wang
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1403
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Side swipe accidents occur primarily when drivers attempt an improper lane change, drift out of lane, or the vehicle loses lateral traction. Past studies of lane change detection have relied on vehicular data, such as steering angle, velocity, and acceleration. In this paper, we use three physiological signals from the driver to detect lane changes before the event actually occurs. These are the electrocardiogram (ECG), galvanic skin response (GSR), and respiration rate (RR) and were determined, in prior studies, to best reflect a driver's response to the driving environment. A novel system is proposed which uses a Granger causality test for feature selection and a neural network for classification. Test results showed that for 30 lane change events and 60 non lane change events in on-the-road driving, a true positive rate of 70% and a false positive rate of 10% was obtained.
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Study of Reproducibility of Pedal Tracking and Detection Response Task to Assess Driver Distraction

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Honda R&D Co., Ltd.-Tatsuya Iwasa, Toshihiro Hashimoto
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1388
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
We have developed a bench test method to assess driver distraction caused by the load of using infotainment systems. In a previous study, we found that this method can be used to assess the task loads of both visual-manual tasks and auditory-vocal tasks. The task loads are assessed using the performances of both pedal tracking task (PT) and detection response task (DRT) while performing secondary tasks. We can perform this method using simple equipment such as game pedals and a PC. The aim of this study is to verify the reproducibility of the PT-DRT. Experiments were conducted in three test environments in which test regions, experimenters and participants differed from each other in the US, and the test procedures were almost the same. We set two types of visual-manual tasks and two types of auditory-vocal tasks as secondary tasks and set two difficulties for each task type to vary the level of task load. As a result of these experiments, we found that differences in performances of PT and DRT among the different task types…
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Influence of the Upper Body of Pedestrians on Lower Limb Injuries and Effectiveness of the Upper Body Compensation Method of the FlexPLI

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Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.-Yukou Takahashi
Japan Automobile Research Institute-Takahiro Isshiki, Atsuhiro Konosu
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1470
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Current legform impact test methods using the FlexPLI have been developed to protect pedestrians from lower limb injuries in collisions with low-bumper vehicles. For this type of vehicles, the influence of the upper body on the bending load generated in the lower limb is compensated by setting the impact height of the FlexPLI 50 mm above that of pedestrians. However, neither the effectiveness of the compensation method of the FlexPLI nor the influence of the upper body on the bending load generated in the lower limb of a pedestrian has been clarified with high-bumper vehicles.In this study, therefore, two computer simulation analyses were conducted in order to analyze: (1) The influence of the upper body on the bending load generated in the lower limb of a pedestrian when impacted by high-bumper vehicles and (2) The effectiveness of the compensation method for the lack of the upper body by increasing impact height of the FlexPLI for high-bumper vehicles.The results show that the upper body significantly influenced the bending load generated in the lower limb of a…
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Improved Seat Belt Restraint Geometry for Frontal, Frontal Oblique and Rollover Incidents

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NASCAR-John Patalak, Thomas Gideon
TK Holdings Inc-Mike Rains
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-0740
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Throughout the first decade of the twenty first century, large improvements in occupant safety have been made in NASCAR®'s (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc) race series. Enhancements to the occupant restraint system include the development and implementation of head and neck restraints, minimum performance requirements for belts and seats and the introduction of energy absorbing foam are a few highlights, among others. This paper discusses nineteen sled tests used to analyze hypothesized improvements to restraint system mounting geometry. The testing matrix included three sled acceleration profiles, three impact orientations, two Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) sizes as well as the restraint system design variables.
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Occupant Kinematics and Injury Response in Steer Maneuver-Induced Furrow Tripped Rollover Testing

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Exponent Inc-Michelle Heller, Sarah Sharpe, William Newberry, Alan Dibb, John Zolock, Jeffrey Croteau, Michael Carhart
Toyota Technical Center USA Inc-Mark Clauser
  • Journal Article
  • 2015-01-1478
Published 2015-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Occupant kinematics during rollover motor vehicle collisions have been investigated over the past thirty years utilizing Anthropomorphic Test Devices (ATDs) in various test methodologies such as dolly rollover tests, CRIS testing, spin-fixture testing, and ramp-induced rollovers. Recent testing has utilized steer maneuver-induced furrow tripped rollovers to gain further understanding of vehicle kinematics, including the vehicle's pre-trip motion.The current study consisted of two rollover tests utilizing instrumented test vehicles and instrumented ATDs to investigate occupant kinematics and injury response throughout the entire rollover sequences, from pre-trip vehicle motion to the position of rest. The two steer maneuver-induced furrow tripped rollover tests utilized a mid-sized 4-door sedan and a full-sized crew-cab pickup truck. The pickup truck was equipped with seatbelt pretensioners and rollover-activated side curtain airbags (RSCAs). The RSCAs were a prototype next generation design. The sedan was not equipped with these technologies. Each test vehicle contained two restrained instrumented 50th-percentile male ATDs in the front outboard seating positions. The vehicles were accelerated using a tow system, released, and then maneuvered onto a dirt test surface by…
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