Pedestrian Protection (VRU Protection)

Optimum protection for vulnerable road users

Bertrandt is not only a development partner for active and passive pedestrian protection according to Euro NCAP Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Protection we also participate in the development of new requirements and, as an accredited testing laboratory, we can also operate as a technical service.


Why pedestrian protection?

Pedestrian protection (VRU Protection) relates to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. Protecting these road users is an important component on the path towards Vision Zero. Accident scenarios must be recognized and, if a collision cannot ultimately be avoided, the top priority is to reduce the risk of injury to anyone involved. The front end of a vehicle is specifically designed to control the loads exerted on the human body. In order to achieve a robust and reproducible design, the human body is represented by different impactors that address the critical areas for an accident.



We support our customers with comprehensive development know-how as an expert partner on an equal footing. In doing so, we draw on our wealth of experience from the Bertrandt portfolio.

Boris Berleb, Team Manager Function Design Simulation and Vehicle Safety

Independent and interdisciplinary expertise

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State of the art

Our partner protection team is well versed in using most of the simulation and testing tools available on the market. We are also a pioneer in designing and commissioning new tools (in some cases also in cooperation with such bodies as DIN, ISO, ACEA, VDA, etc.).

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We have a broad development team and testing facilities throughout Germany, enabling us to respond even to short-term customer requirements.

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Interface expertise

We know our customers well and we also know our tools and their manufacturers. Our expertise ensures that we can bring both sides together and generate value-adding synergies.

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Technical service

We ensure the practicality and market release of partner protection systems. As a DAKKS accredited testing laboratory in accordance with DIN ISO 17025:2018 and as a type approval body appointed by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), we support our customers in the Europe-wide approval of their products.

Key components of the vehicle front end are developed on the basis of close cooperation between our Simulation and Testing departments. A wide variety of proposed solutions are examined to enable efficient human-vehicle interaction. The challenge lies in the interdisciplinary and sometimes conflicting design of vehicle structures that are in harmony with a human’s ability to withstand loads.

In the convergence process from design to engineering, the necessary deformation spaces are created and designed with regard to their efficient use for an impact. Crash-active systems such as active hoods make it possible to relieve the conflict of objectives between a sporty design and safety-focused engineering. The necessary sensor arrangement for such crash-active systems is also included in the range of partner protection services.

We also work closely with our Electronics Development and Validation units in the field of ​​accident-avoiding functions, such as emergency braking or controlled evasive action systems. In this way, we can make sure that the sensors recognize the object, that the software makes reliable decisions, and that the vehicle controls the brakes and steering safely. As a result, we help to ensure that an accident does not occur in the first place.

  • Evaluation and influencing Design / Surfacing
  • Load level distribution and optimization
  • Coordination of interface partners in terms of Simultaneous Engineering
  • Function design of all relevant components by means of simulation, testing, and engineering judgment
  • Planning, coordination, implementation, and validation of tests
  • Release management, including documentation
  • Design of crash-active systems, including the corresponding deployment sensors
  • Sensor arrangement and evaluation of sensor concepts
  • System validation in a virtual and real environment
  • Function evaluation of ADAS and AD
  • Validation of legal and consumer protection requirements (e.g. EuroNCAP AEB and VRU)
  • Consulting, selection, and organization of test tracks and testing methods

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  • Consulting and support for the definition of requirements, market analysis, and target derivations
  • Process automation and method development
  • Material map creation for FEM simulation
  • Support for the type approval process as a technical service of the Federal Motor Transport Authority KBA

At several sites throughout Germany, we take responsibility for planning, implementing, and supporting validation projects for all known requirements, as well as those still under development, for testing in the field of pedestrian protection. These include:   

  • Pedestrian head (child + adult)
  • Lower leg (WG17/TRL, FlexPLI, aPLI)
  • Upper leg
  • Misuse tests (all impactors – SAI, PDI2 etc.) for the development of the deployment algorithm (on the test bench, in the climatic test chamber, and on the test track)
  • Substitute tests on the component level
  • Impactor certification
  • Homologation according to UN R127
  • EG78/2009, NCAP protocols, customer-specific requirements
  • Measurement and evaluation using state-of-the-art measuring and high-speed video technology  

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Sebastian Fritsch

Team Manager Functional Design & Simulation

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