On June 9, 2016, NHTSA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public meeting to seek stakeholder feedback on a full size 3-dimensional surrogate vehicle being developed to better support the evaluation of advanced crash avoidance technologies. NHTSA, Euro NCAP, Thatcham, and the IIHS have been collaboratively working to develop this surrogate; however, confirmation that it appears as realistic to the sensors used in automotive safety systems requires feedback from industry experts.
During the upcoming two-day meeting, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers will have an opportunity to measure the appearance of the 3D surrogate vehicle from multiple approach angles using vehicle-based sensors (e.g., radar, lidar, cameras, etc.). Feedback from the first day of testing will be used to make adjustments to the surrogate ahead of the second day’s tests. Results from the second testing day will be used to help finalize the surrogate’s design. NHTSA indicates that the goal is to identify a final design by December 2016. Feedback from the participants will be beneficial in finalizing the design of the surrogate. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to provide results from the measurements collected with their respective test equipment, and to provide specific recommendations about how the surrogate vehicle’s appearance, to any sensor, could be improved.
NHTSA will hold the public meeting July 13-14, 2016, in East Liberty, OH. All attendees for the meeting are required to register by June 24, 2016. Following the event, participants are requested to submit all written feedback and supporting information pertaining to their 3D surrogate vehicle measurements no later than August 5, 2016.