Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Regular research article
10 Jan 2019
Regular research article |  | 10 Jan 2019

A validation sensor based on carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic for early activation of automotive occupant restraint systems

Gerald Joy Sequeira, Robert Lugner, Ulrich Jumar, and Thomas Brandmeier

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Future vehicle safety systems based on forward-looking sensors require a very robust validation system. This study describes such a validation sensor system and an algorithm to trigger safety systems in a crash. The presented sensor concept can detect the first contact and estimate the position of impact and the overlap in the initial few milliseconds of crash. The results highlight the temporal advantage of such a sensor over the present systems.