Head Contacts in Rear-seated Pediatric Occupants When the Front Seat is Reclined in AEB Scenarios

Principal Investigator: Valentina Graci, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This project aims to identify the likelihood and characteristics of head contact of a child seated behind a reclined front occupant in an autonomous driving seating configuration. Different combinations of front seat recline and track positions for the front occupant will be considered. The research team will investigate how the presence, type, and dimensions of a booster seat influence head contact by a rear-seated child occupant during an automatic emergency braking (AEB) event and how different AEB pulse characteristics also influence head contact by a rear seat child occupant.

This project is currently underway. Further information will be added in late 2021 following project completion.