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New regulations require carmakers to think about protecting people their cars run over
 Date: September 25, 2003 08:05
 Submitted by:  poweredbyhonda
 Source: CNN Money
 Credibility Rating: N/A


From the article:
"Honda (HMC: Research, Estimates) has also implemented passive protection measures like break-away windshield-wiper hinges. (Wipers are another damaging point of contact as the pedestrian slides headlong toward the windshield.)

Honda's special pedestrian dummy tests the new safety features.
The front ends of several Honda models now sold in the United States were designed with the input of Honda's own POLAR II pedestrian dummy. Honda claims to be the first auto company to create such a dummy. Packed with impact sensors, pedestrian dummies like POLAR II provide researchers with a way to test their designs and technology. They are designed to respond to an impact the way a live human being would.

Based largely on the input of tests with pedestrian dummies, the Honda Civic, CR-V, Pilot, Element and Accord and the Acura TSX and RSX include hoods and fenders designed to bend to absorb an impact with a human body."

http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/22/pf/autos/pedestrian_safety/

Last edited by Tuan on September 25, 2003 18:22

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