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Vehicle Safety Research(KATRI)

Background and Purpose

  • Support for automobile-related government policies and technologies
  • Reduction of social loss from traffic accidents
  • Protection of civil rights by protecting consumers
  • Provision of technical information to automobile-related industries in Korea

Production defect investigation

Collecting and analyzing vehicle defect information through self-verification conformity tests and safety defect tests of a vehicle and its parts while mediating related refund and replacement to protect the life and property of citizens by ensuring the safety of a vehicle that is locally manufactured or assembled or imported

Production defect investigation
  • Aims to identify any safety-related defect that may affect the safe operation of a vehicle, such as functional defect or malfunction or unintended operation
Mediating refund and replacement
  • Enabling refund and replacement by mediating between the manufacturer and the consumer if the defect persists in a new vehicle and prevents full repair
Self-verification conformity test
  • Checking compliance with the safety criteria by purchasing random vehicle and/or parts offered based on the self-verification of the manufacturer

※ Self-verification system: The manufacturer verifies that the vehicle it produced complies with related laws and regulations

Vehicle Safety Review

Reviewing the safety of a vehicle and publishing the results through tests including a collision test so that consumers can have a wider range of choices and manufacturers will build safer vehicles and parts

Need for Vehicle Safety Review
  • Reviewing the safety of a vehicle through tests including a collision test to provide safety information to consumers and enable manufacturers to build safer vehicles and parts.

※ The detailed results of safety reviews can be found on the website of Vehicle Safety Review.

International Harmonization of Vehicle Safety Criteria

Aims to eliminate the technical trade barrier among countries trading automobiles while enhancing national competitiveness by reducing the development cost for manufacturers

Need for International Harmonization
  • International harmonization of safety criteria is needed in order to eliminate the trade barrier among countries -- as the different safety criteria of each country result in increased development cost of vehicles -- and to enhance vehicle safety in each country.
Expected results
  • Protecting consumers, enhancing national competitiveness, and solidifying Korea’s position as a major vehicle manufacturing country while eliminating international trade conflict by improving vehicle safety

Future Vehicle Safety Research and Development

Autonomous Vehicle Safety Research and Development
  • Development of safety criteria for defect while driving, communication security, and control switch as the 3 major aspects of autonomous vehicles in order to enhance their overall safety
Eco-Friendly Vehicle Safety Research and Development
  • Research such as hybrid conversion of diesel trucks for door-to-door delivery and their commercialization as well as a common platform of ultra-small electric vehicles and its verification technologies

Vehicle Test Support and Technical Support

TS operates optimal test conditions for commercializing autonomous vehicles based on technical development support and testbeds for safety verification while enhancing safety through tests such as collision/impact test of vehicles and parts.

Vehicle Test Support and Technical Support
Vehicles Vehicle parts Driving test Others
  • Collision safety test
  • Impact test
  • Driving safety test
  • Autonomous driving test
  • Environmental safety test
  • Noise/Proliferation test
  • Light/Durability test
  • Vision/Windowpane test
  • Organic material combustibility test
  • Tire and wheel test
  • Brake lining/hose test
  • Drive motor test
  • Fuel cell test
  • Driving storage battery test
  • PG (Proving Ground)
  • Autonomous driving experiment city (K-City)
  • Road safety facilities performance test
  • Safety test
  • Construction equipment test
  • Construction equipment production defect test

Vehicle part management and other projects

TS conducts research on the safety enhancement and production defects of vehicle parts while launching diverse traffic safety-oriented projects commissioned by the government.

Vehicle part management and other projects
Vehicle parts management Government-commissioned project
  • Vehicle parts management system
  • Vehicle parts self-verification system
  • Vehicle parts replacement self-verification system
  • Vehicle tuning products verification system
  • Recycled vehicle parts remanufacturing system
  • Technical review and safety test
  • Construction equipment test and type approval
  • Performance test for vehicle protection facilities
  • Manufacturing verification of taxi meter
  • Aircraft Warning Light
  • Traffic emission research per type