Volvo pushes crash testing to the limit
Volvo has always been focused on developing advanced safety and improving protection. Their latest crash test certainly pushes the idea of studying safety to a new frontier.
Volvo recently tested its vehicles by lifting them up to 30 metres and then dropping them from a crane. The resulting impact simulates the most severe crash possible, like hitting a truck a full speed for example.
The goal of the testing is to develop knowledge that can help extraction specialists get to the occupants quicker after a severe crash. The testing will result in a report that will be shared free of charge to any rescue worker who wants it so that they can improve their intervention capabilities.
“We have been working closely together with the Swedish rescue services for many years,” says Håkan Gustafson, a senior investigator with the Volvo Cars Traffic Accident Research Team. “That is because we have the same goal: to have safer roads for all. We hope no one ever needs to experience the most severe accidents, but not all accidents can be avoided. So it is vital there are methods to help save lives when the most severe accidents do happen.”