Accession Number:

ADA459799

Title:

A Lesson from the Past for Safer Future Tactical Vehicles

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-05-08

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Vehicle occupant safety is or at least should be the highest priority because of many lives, property and productivity lost every year to accidents. However in reality if there is no strong advocacy to watch and take action commercial world or due to mission requirements and special circumstances such as military operations, often safety falls by the way side. Accidents are generally caused because of the operators inability to anticipate, see and plan for events during operation of the vehicle andor by the physical surrounding he or she has to perform in. The vehicle is a tool designed to perform functions necessary to safely take the occupants from one point to the other. A badly designed tool or an operator lacking experience in the use of the tool or both increase the possibility of an accident occurring. Tactical vehicles have specialized mission profiles and often need to meet ever increasing demands for performance and utility. These vehicles are often modified by the users to meet their specialized mission needs without attention to possible safety concerns the change might create. The US Army, National Automotive Center NAC, safety thrust is to constantly be aware of the safety implications of tactical vehicle operation and the latest technologies applicable to these vehicle platforms to transfer such technologies to the user to make available safer vehicle systems while maintaining optimum performance and utility.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE