Optimized Placement of Mounted Equipment within Patrol Vehicles during Side Impact Crashes

Sponsor: US Department of Justice

PI: John Hill

The primary purpose of this study is to further develop recommended safe zones for interior mounted equipment in police vehicles based on side impact crash testing. Current recommendations for the safe placement of equipment have been developed based on airbag deployment zones. These airbag deployment zones are published by vehicle manufacturers for both front and side impact airbags. The new safe mounting zones will be based not on airbag deployment, but rather on occupant trajectory during a crash.