Research Consortium for Crashworthiness in Automated Driving Systems (RCCADS)

TRC Inc. is currently leading a consortium of government agencies, automotive manufacturers, and suppliers to develop a foundation of research to inform the development of safety validation methods and tools for automated vehicles, focusing on occupant protection and crashworthiness.

The RCCADS consortium is a collaborative research effort that engages all stakeholders, including industry, government, and academia to help ensure that as vehicles become smarter, they will also be safer. To this end, RCCADS research projects are selected and funded by consortium members and are completed by a pool of qualified research and development institutions, including universities and research and testing companies.

Additional Resources

Download the RCCADS Brochure (.pdf)

Download the RCCADS Presentation (.pptx)

2021 Presentations

RCCADS Workshop- 2021 (.pdf)

RCCADS Public Workshop Final Program 5-26-21 (.pdf)

Forman – Modifications to the THOR-50M for Improved Usability in Reclined Postures (.pdf)

Gayzik – Characterization of Subcutaneous Pelvic Adipose Tissue (.pdf)

Hagedorn – Biofidelity Assessment of THOR-50M and Hybrid III 50th ATDs in Rear-Facing Rigid Seat (.pdf)

Humm – Preliminary Observations of Human Surrogate Response in Forward Facing Reclined Seats (.pdf)

Kang – PMHS Biomechanical Responses and Injury Mechanisms in Rear-Facing Rigid Seat Tests (.pdf)

Kerrigan – Evaluating the Biofidelity of THOR and Hybrid III in Reclined Frontal-Crash Sled Tests (.pdf)

Kinsky – Anthropomorphic Test Devices for Automated Vehicles (.pdf)

Maheshwari – Pediatric Occupant Human Body Model Kinematic and Kinetic Response Variation (.pdf)

Moreau – A Methodology to Replicate Lap Belt Loading Conditions from a Sled Test (.pdf)

NHTSA Information on Rear-Facing Tests (.pdf)

Ostling – Will New Seating Positions Require New Occupant Restraints (.pdf)

Zaseck – Preliminary Observations of Human Surrogate Response in Forward-Facing Reclined Seats (.pdf)

For More Information About RCCADS, including how to become a member or how to bid on RCCADS projects,  please reach out to:

Allison Kender (kendera@trcpg.com)
Ron Burton (burtonr@trcpg.com)