System and method for testing crash avoidance technologies

  • US 8,447,509 B2
  • Filed: 01/24/2012
  • Issued: 05/21/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/13/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system adapted to test crash avoidance technologies in a subject vehicle, the system comprising:

  • a base station comprising a computer in electronic communication with the subject vehicle and with a Guided Soft Target (GST);

    the Guided Soft Target (GST) comprising;

    a soft body in the form of a collision partner; and

    removably mounted to a motorized Dynamic Motion Element (DME) and adapted to travel across the ground and into the path of the subject vehicle, the DME having a plurality of wheels, at least one of which is retractable such that the at least one wheel retracts when the subject vehicle drives up onto the DME;

    the DME comprising an exterior body having;

    a bottom surface held above the ground by a vertical distance GC by a plurality of wheels attached with and extending down from the DME to the ground;

    a top substantially horizontal surface above the bottom surface, the top surface above the ground by a vertical distance H;

    a front upper surface above the bottom surface and below the top surface and at a first angle to the ground;

    a rear upper surface above the bottom surface and below the top surface and at a second angle to the ground;

    a left upper surface above the bottom surface and below the top surface and at a third angle to the ground;

    a right upper surface above the bottom surface and below the top surface and at a fourth angle to the ground;

    the exterior body extending longitudinally by a length L and extending latitudinally by a width W;

    wherein;

    H is less than 350 millimeters; and

    the first, second, third and fourth angles to the ground are no more than 45 degrees;

    wherein the DME is adapted to travel across the ground and into the path of the subject vehicle.

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