• In order to simulate intense accidents with modern cars, Volvo decided that a standard laboratory test was not powerful enough. The solution? Heaviness.
  • Volvo thus threw 10 new cars (sadly!) From a crane over an impact point equipped with video cameras and a group of Swedish first responders who then tried to access the passenger cabins with the Jaws of Life.
  • The knowledge gained will be made available to first responders around the world.

      Last but not least, Volvo knows how to draw our attention to safety issues. The latest example is a series of crash tests on 10 new Volvo vehicles. But unlike controlled lab tests with high-speed cameras and dummies, those tests included a crane – and cameras, because who doesn’t want to see what happens when cars fall 30 meters in the air?

      Volvo didn’t just drop these vehicles to get millions of video views. Instead, the tests were conducted in collaboration with first responders in Sweden to better learn how to extract people from a completely damaged vehicle in the shortest possible time. According to Volvo, by storing the vehicles, the engineers were able to “reproduce the most extreme accidents that go beyond what can be simulated with normal crash tests”.


      Despite the vertical aspect, Volvo said the falls are a good way to understand how vehicles are involved in “very high speed single car accidents, accidents where a car hits a truck at high speed, or accidents where a car suffer a severe blow, collapse. ” the page.”

      Volvo shattered modern cars because first responders who test their tools on cars in junkyards may not learn best practices. Although the average age of a car on the road in the US is 12 years, old models are not entirely representative of the vehicles that could be involved in accidents today. In other words, first responders need to understand the difference between a 2005 Honda Civic and a 2020 Volvo XC40 responding to the jaw of life.

      In the extreme situations that the drop tests were designed to simulate, vehicle occupants are likely to be in pretty rough shape, and if you don’t waste time figuring out how best to open the deformed metal, you can do more in the “golden hour” Minutes have a short time window First aiders know that they have to get people from an accident site to the hospital.

      Volvo fell for safety tests


      But back to the cars falling 100 feet through the air. Volvo says everything it has learned from those accidents, and the tests that the first responders have performed with their tools on site, will be included in a report that is freely accessible to other rescue workers so that others can no longer use their cars have to drop crane. Until they find their own reasons for it anyway.

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