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Models Of Vehicular Collision: Development And Simulation With Emphasis On Safety IV: An Improved Algorithm For Detecting Contact Between Vehicles

  • Author(s): O'Reilly, Oliver M.
  • Papadopoulos, Panayiotis
  • Lo, Gwo-jeng
  • Varadi, Peter C.
  • et al.

This report describes a procedure for detecting the geometry of the contact interface between vehicles. This technique uses a better approximation of the vehicle's shape and also preserves the advantage of the ellipsoidal model. This new model for the low relative velocity vehicular collision is based on a box model for the outer surface of the vehicle and is referred to as BM.

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