Experimental Safety Vehicle

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Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESV) is the designation for experimental concept cars which are used to test car safety ideas.

Volvo VESC (1972)
Toyota ESV (1973)
Mercedes-Benz ESF22 (1973)
Mini SRV4 (1974)

In 1973 the U.S. DOT announced its ESV project, the aim of which was to obtain safer vehicles by 1981.[1] A car produced by this effort was known as the Minicar RSV.

In 1991, the ESV abbreviation was backronymed to Enhanced Safety of Vehicles.[2]

Some ESVs[edit]

External links[edit]

NHTSA Page of ESV Conference Proceedings, 1998 (16th) to 2009 (21st): http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-01/esv/esv.html