Veoneer, emotion3D and AVL, are collaborating to develop a personalised and situation-aware restraint control technology system.

Veoneer says current passive safety systems, such as airbags follow a ‘few-sizes-fit-all’ development approach and thus perform best for a small number of specified body physiques; the most common one is the average male: 175 cm and 78 kg.

This is suboptimal for everybody who deviates from these averages; children, elderly people and some women. A study conducted by the University of Virginia found seatbelt-wearing female occupants are 73% more likely to suffer from serious injuries than seatbelt-wearing male occupants.

As long as passive safety systems cannot distinguish between the occupant’s individual characteristics, it is impossible to achieve optimal protection for everybody.

The ‘Smart-RCS’ project is conducted within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation funding programme.

During the next 24 months, the project partners will develop a restraint control system able to personalise the actions of passive safety systems in event of a crash. Using a 3D sensor for understanding the vehicle interior, the system will consider a wide range of relevant, personal and situational factors such as body physique, position and pose, weight and gender.

“Smart-RCS will provide personalised and situation-aware protection for everybody,” said Veoneer product director, Tom Herbert.

“This is an important step to increase safety for everyone in the car.

For his part, emotion3D CEO, Florian Seitner, added: “The project consortium combines all expertise required to build such a ground-breaking innovation and to make it ready for automotive production.”