This is the most extreme crash test ever performed by Volvo.
That Volvo is investing heavily in road safety is hardly something new. However, a new level has been reached to make it clear that safety is Volvo Cars’ image.
In order for the rescue services to be able to prepare for all possible crash scenarios and simulate the forces that erupt in the most extreme crashes, Volvo recently took equally extreme measures. For the first time, Volvo dropped several new cars in several times from a crane, from a height of 30 meters.
This approach helped to create enough damage to adequately simulate the damage of a car in the most extreme crash scenarios: think single-vehicle accidents at very high speeds, accidents where a car hits a truck at high speed, or accidents where a car is hit hard from the side.
“We have worked closely with the Swedish rescue services for many years,” says Håkan Gustafson, a senior researcher with Volvo Cars’ research group for traffic accidents. “It’s because we have the same goal: to have safer roads for everyone. We hope that no one ever has to experience the most serious accidents, but not all accidents can be avoided. So it is important that there are methods to save lives when the most serious accidents occur. ”
All results from the crashes and the resulting rollout work will be collected in a comprehensive research report. This report will be made available free of charge to rescue workers that operate elsewhere so that they can benefit from the results and further develop their lifesaving functions.