The Carleton University Crash Dummy (CUCD) team will perform a rear-end collision test between a motor vehicle and cyclist in co-ordination with the Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigation Unit. Due to the impact of recent weather, the tests have been postponed until April 10.

Fourth-year engineering students, along with professors from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design, will participate in the crash test simulation to help the Collision Investigation Unit better understand the impacts of collisions between cyclists and vehicles.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Set up begins at 6:30 AM with the first test scheduled for approximately 10 AM.

  • 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Test Setup
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Track Launch System Testing
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00M: Track Launch System Take Down & Autonomous Launch System Setup
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Autonomous Launch System Testing

Where: Parking lot P7, Carleton University, Ottawa
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The purpose of CUCD is to develop a simulated system that will aid the Ottawa Police Service in identifying the events that occur during a fatal collision between a cyclist and a vehicle. The results of the test may contribute to improved accident reconstruction techniques used by the Collision Investigation Unit and can be used for investigation training purposes.

CUCD is an undergraduate engineering capstone project that is comprised this year of 22 students from the Biomedical and Mechanical, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering programs. The test will include updated components on the crash dummy and refurbished control and sensing systems.

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