The USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently awarded Calspan a contract to perform pedestrian protection testing.
Pedestrian protection systems are vehicle safety systems designed to mitigate injury during a pedestrian’s impact with a car. The sensors in front of the car react when the vehicle collides with a pedestrian, activating the safety system.
In 2021, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported over 7,400 pedestrian fatalities, a 12% increase from 2020. More than 55,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide. The rise in pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. spurred NHTSA to address the issue by creating vehicle test procedures to evaluate pedestrian protection systems in vehicles.
Calspan will perform the test program to validate NHTSA’s pedestrian protection system test procedures, focusing on head and leg impact vehicle assessment. The test procedures are based on the global technical regulations for safety and European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).
Calspan is proud to be a part of this initiative to make the roads and streets safer for pedestrians in the U.S.