An Independent Measurement System for Testing Automotive Crash Warning Systems
Sandor S. Szabo, Joseph A. Falco, Richard J. Norcross
This report describes the National Institute of Standards and Technology's role in the Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) program, a four-year safety initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to develop and field test an integrated crash warning system to prevent rear-end, lane-change/merge and road departure crashes on light vehicles and heavy commercial trucks. NIST's primary role in the program included assisting in the development of verification test procedures, developing a measurement system, and providing field support for vehicle test activities. NIST used the measurement system to collect data for determining whether the prototype warning systems passed or failed all closed-course track tests and for characterizing warning system performance on public roads.