Item 2004.23.4835 - NHTSA automotive safety features. A full-scale model showing the seating, steering wheel and dash design for a vehicle.

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32-RG 32.02-2004.23.4835

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NHTSA automotive safety features. A full-scale model showing the seating, steering wheel and dash design for a vehicle.

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  • 1984 Fall (Creation)

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Transparency, Slide, 35 mm

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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Developments at Art Center, Dec./Jan. 1984/85: Two major projects have been successfully completed this semester, one for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the other for Haworth Inc. In the NHTSA project, the first to be sponsored at Art Center by a government agency, twelve advanced transportation design majors were instructed to design marketable vehicles incorporating crash avoidance safety features. The completed designs, covering interior, exterior and structure, represented a combination of "blue sky" innovation, emerging technologies now on studio drawing boards or in limited production, and existing features which have already proved their value as intelligent design solutions to safety concerns. NHTSA administrator Diane Steed attended a January 24 final presentation of the students' designs, along with advisors to the project. Michael Appleby, manager of the automotive Engineering Department of the Automobile Club of Southern California, commented that the project had been very successful. Both Art Center and NHTSA influence automotive design, he said, so "it seems entirely appropriate to bring the two together for a research project such as this."

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For more information on this project, please see At Art Center, May 1985.

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