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"Duque de Santomauro" Institute of Motor Vehicle Safety

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Type of institute

Carlos III Institute
Year: 2000


  • Director: Vicente Díaz López
  • Secretary: Ester Olmeda Santamaría


  • To create scientific multidisciplinary teams generatng the appropriate knowledge for taking into account the complexity of problems related to automobile safety.
  • To promote the work carried out by the previous teams, making it available to the general public when it is potentially interesting. To this purpose, an appropriate knowledge forum must be created through pertinent activities.
  • To form technically reliable opinions with a sound scientific basis regarding the Institute’s topics is a priority for the Institute.
  • To create a channel of communication and exchange among specialists and Institutions related to the automotive sector, coinciding with the Institute’s scientific research objective.

Lines of research

  • Influence of the human factor in driving (safety)
  • Study on the different aspects related to the Technical Vehicle Inspection stations (ITV).
  • Research and Reconstruction of traffic accidents.
  • Development of intelligent systems and their application to vehicles, traffic control and accesses.
  • Application of communication technologies to vehicles.
  • Development and application of sensors to vehicles.
  • Analysis of the vehicle’s structural behavior facing static, dynamic or impact charges.
  • Dynamic vehicle test.
  • Certification of significant reforms in automobiles.
  • Drafting of rules related to technical aspects of automobiles., Collaboration with official institutions in this regard.

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