Volvo began to conduct extreme car crash testsNovember 13, 2020
This is the most extreme crash test and one of the most important Volvo Cars has ever performed. Evacuation professionals often use cars crashed at Volvo Cars Safety Center to hone their life-saving skills.
To ensure that emergency services can prepare for any possible accident scenario and simulate the forces encountered in the most extreme situations, Volvo Cars has taken equally non-standard measures beyond the usual crash tests. For the first time, several new Volvo have been repeatedly thrown from a 30 meter high crane.
This approach helped create enough damage to fully mimic the damage found in the most serious road accidents: a single car crash at high speed, a car colliding with a truck at high speed, or a violent side impact.
In such cases, the people inside the car are most likely in critical condition. Therefore, it is paramount to retrieve them as quickly as possible using the hydraulic rescue tools known in the industry as the “jaws of life” and deliver them to the hospital. Evacuation specialists often talk about the golden hour when it is necessary to release a patient and bring him to the hospital within an hour of the accident.
“We have worked closely with Swedish emergency services for many years,” says Håkan Gustafsson, senior investigator in Volvo Cars’ Accident Research Group. – We are united by a common goal: to make roads safer for everyone. We hope that no one will ever experience the worst accidents, but not all accidents can be avoided. It is therefore vital that there are methods to help save lives in the event of serious accidents. ”
All accident data and evacuation results will be collected in an extensive research report. It will be available for free use by rescuers from all regions, allowing them to benefit from research and improve their life-saving skills.
Usually rescuers get their training vehicles from landfills, but these vehicles are often up to two decades old. There is a huge difference between modern cars and those built 15-20 years ago in terms of steel strength, roll cage construction and overall durability. And the new Volvo is made from the hardest steel found in modern cars.
This makes it critical to continually update rescuers’ knowledge of modern vehicle models and revise their workflows to develop new evacuation techniques. In other words, this workout can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore, at the request of emergency services, Volvo Cars decided to go even further.
“Usually we only break cars in the laboratory. This was the first time we dumped them from the crane, says Hokan Gustafson. “We knew that after the test we would see strong deformations, and we did it to give the rescuers a real challenge.”
A total of ten Volvo vehicles of various models have been dropped from the crane several times. Before the crash, Volvo Cars’ safety engineers made accurate calculations of how much pressure and force each car must be subjected to in order to achieve the appropriate level of damage.
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