AutoUni - Schriftenreihe, Bd. 20
This thesis defines a method to objectively assess the compatibility of a front-to-front or front-to-side collision between two passenger vehicles. The method is used to analyse accident statistics from the German In-Depth Accident Survey (GIDAS) database and for the assessment of front-to-front and front-to-side collision simulations. The simulations are used to investigate the effects of ideal horizontal and vertical structural homogeneity, and the findings of both the simulations and the accident analysis are combined to provide proposals for crash test procedures that assess a vehicle's compatibility.