On December 14, 2007 Transportation Research Center Inc. conducted a frontal
Motor Coach crash test for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) in order to obtain the crash pulse from a severe frontal crash event, obtain dummy injury data for various conditions, and to study passenger seat and seat attachment strength.
The 2000 MCI 102EL3 Renaissance Series, made by Motor Coach Industries (MCI) was, a 54 seat bus, weighing 42,720 pounds (test weight). The Motor Coach crashed into the barrier at 30.36 mph, with 22 instrumented crash dummies (belted and unbelted). Several on and off board high-speed cameras documented the crash test event. Over 400 data channels were recorded at 12,500 Hz.
VRTC is a federal research facility located onsite at TRC (the Center). The staff conducts research and vehicle testing in support of NHTSAs mission to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related health care, and other economic costs. The research and development activities are performed to produce safer vehicles through improved vehicle performance, improved occupant protection systems, improved structural integrity of vehicles, increased understanding of driver behavior, and the use of intelligent systems to enhance drivers ability to avoid crashes and travel safely.