Comparison across vehicles of passenger head kinematics in abrupt vehicle maneuvers.

Comparison across vehicles of passenger head kinematics in abrupt vehicle maneuvers. Traffic Inj Prev. 2019 Dec 04;:1-5 Authors: Reed MP, Ebert SM, Jones MLH, Park BD Abstract Objective: Studies of vehicle occupant motions in response to abrupt vehicle maneuvers have demonstrated movements that may result in changes in the level of protection for the occupant if a crash subsequently occurs. The previous studies have typically used a single vehicle. The current study assesses whether the patterns of occupant head movement are different across passenger vehicle types.Method: Data collection was conducted on a closed test track with the same driver for all trials. A passenger sedan, a minivan, and a pickup truck were equipped with inertial measurement units to quantify vehicle dynamics. Head location was tracked using Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor and a novel methodology that fits 3 D head scan data to the depth data acquired in the vehicle. Twelve men and women with a wide range of body size and age were recruited. The primary purpose of the study was obfuscated by telling the participants that the focus was on vehicle ride motion. Participants sat in the right front seat and wore the vehicle belt. The first event during the test track route was a hard brake (approximately 1 g) to a stop from 35 mph (56 kph). Within the space of approximately 5 min the participants also experienced two aggressive, right-going lane changes, a sharp ...
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