Course detail

Road Vehicles Safety

ÚSI-EDBVSAcad. year: 2019/2020

The content of the subject is aimed at obtaining crucial knowledge of the construction and function of particular elements of passive and active safety of vehicles and motorcycles.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will obtain the knowledge of construction and function of particular elements of passive and active safety of vehicles and motorcycles that are necessary for the following activities in the field of automobile technology.


Not required


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

VLK, F.: Stavba motorových vozidel. Vlastním nákladem, Brno 2003. (CS)
VLK, F.: Automobilová technická příručka. Brno 2003. (CS)
VLK, F.: Teorie a konstrukce motocyklů 1,2. Vlastním nákladem. Brno 2004. (CS)
BACKFISCH, K., P. Das groβe Raifenbuch: Technik – Sicherheit – Fahrdynamik – Tuning. Königswinter: HEEL Verlag GmbH, 2006. ISBN 978-3-89880-656-5. (CS)
BRACH, R.,M., BRACH, R., M. Vehicle accident analysis and reconstruction methods. Warrendale: SAE International, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7680-3437-0. (CS)
BURG, H., MOSER, A. Handbuch Verkehrsunfall-rekonstruktion: Unfallaufnahme, Fahrdynamik, Simulation. Wiesbaden: GWV Fachverlage GmbH, 2009. ISBN 978-3-8348-0546-1. (CS)
COSSALTER, V. Motorcycle dynamics. USA: Vittore Cossalter, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4303-0861-4. (CS)
HOFFMANN, A., W. Don’t be a Dummy: A Primer on automotive safety by an engineering expert fitness. New York: iUniverse, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4401-3556-9. (CS)
HOUGH, D., L. More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the ride. Irvine: Bowtie press, 2003. ISBN 1-931993-03-3. (CS)
HOUGH, D. Street strategies: A survival guide for motorcyclists. Singapore: BowTie Press, 2001. ISBN 1-889540-69-2. (CS)
HUANG, M. Vehicle Crash Mechanics. Boca Raton: CRS Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8493-0104-1. (CS)
IENATSCH, N. ROBERTS, K. Sport riding techniques: How to develop real Word skills for speed, safety and konfidence on the street and track. Phoenix: David Bull Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-893618-07-2. (CS)
KRAMER, F. Passive Sicherheit von Kraftfahrzeugen: Biomechanik – Simulation – Sicherheit im Entwicklungsprozess. Heidelberg: FROMM MediaDesign, 2009. ISBN 978-3-8348-0536-2. (CS)
KÜHN, M., FRÖMING, R., SCHINDLER, V. Fuβgängerschutz: Unfallgeschehen, Fahrzeuhhestaltung, Testverfahren. Berlin: LE-TEX Jelonek, Schmidt & Vöckler GbR, Leipzig, 2007. ISBN 3-540-34302-4. (CS)
PARKS, L. Total control: High performance street riding techniques. Minneapolis: MBI publishing company, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7603-1403-6. (CS)
PETERS, G., A., PETERS, B., J. Automotive vehicle safety. Warrendale: Society of Automotive Engineers, 2002. ISBN 0-7680-1096-9. (CS)
REIF, K. Automobileelektronik: Eine Einführung für Ingenieure. Berlin: AZ Druck und Datentechnik, 2012. ISBN 978-3-8348-1498-2. (CS)
SEIFFERT, U., WECH, L. Automotive Safety Handbook. Warrendale: SAE international, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7680-1798-4. (CS)
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to motorcyclling excellence: Skills, knowledge, and Strategies for Riding Right. New Hampshire: Whitehorse Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-884313-47-9. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through lectures that consist of interpretations of basic principles, methodology of given discipline, problems and their exemplary solutions.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

A credit obtaining based on results of a written test.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Chassis: axles, suspension, shock-absorbers, steering and its effect on handling
2. FWD, RWD, AWD: front axle drive, rear axle drive, all-wheel drive and their effect on handling
3. Brakes: different types of brakes, brake systems, the effect of a defect on the vehicle’s stability
4. Electronic safety systems I.: ABS (anti-block system), ESP (electronic stability programme), ASR (anti-slip regulation)
5. Electronic safety systems II. : MSR (Motor Drag Torque control / Engine Braking Regulation), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), EBV (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation), BA (Brake Assist)
6. Tyres: construction, types, marking and defects. The effect of tyres and their pumping on handling
7. Lamps: types of lamps and their effect on visibility. Night vision – function of the night vision systems and their effect on road safety
8. Passenger safety: car body construction elements influencing passenger safety at crash cabin ergonomics, airbags, safety belts and head restraints. Biomechanical limits of human body at crash. Passive safety testing: frontal crash, side impact, side collision with a lamp post
9. Pedestrian safety: active bonnet, airbags, the material and construction of the bonnet, the vehicles front geometry, safety glazing, and passive pedestrian protection test – HIC criterion
10. Motorcycle tyres, motorcycle brakes and their effect on road safety
11. Motorcycle chassis, electronic safety systems and their effect on road safety
12. Elements of passive protection with a motorcycle – airbags, motorcycle overalls, pads, helmets, and riding style and techniques


The study aims of the course are to obtain elementary expert knowledge of particular safety features of modern vehicles and motorcycles, and to acquaint students with research tendencies in terms of the road traffic vehicles safety beyond the scope of elementary knowledge.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EID_P Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer