Design School


Saving children

Group: Transport Safety

Project: Child Advanced Safety Project for European Roads (CASPER)

3 Years 2009 - 2012


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The objectives of CASPER were to reduce fatalities and injuries of children involved in traffic accidents. The project focused on:

  • Improvement of the efficiency of child protection through the development of innovative tools. For example: new sensors, dummies and child human models. This was completed by test procedures in frontal and lateral configurations, with associated injury criteria, in order to provide to CRS manufacturers the possibility to develop and test their products at a lower cost, with new methods, and at a same guarantee of efficiency.
  • Analysis of the reasons and consequences of misuse of child restraint systems and of the influence of the real conditions of child transport, as compared to the certification test procedures.    

The CASPER project has brought a significant amount of field data that have been useful for a better understanding of the situation and used as basis for all the other tasks of the project. Consequent steps forward have been made in the development and improvement of tools usable for the approval of Child Restraint Systems (CRS).

CASPER was divided into 6 work packages:

  • WP1: Tools for dummy approach for child safety
  • WP2: Child human body modelling
  • WP3: Diagnosis of child safety
  • WP4: Demands and applications
  • WP5: Dissemination and knowledge exchange
  • WP6: Management