Let the new car fall 30 meters! That sounds crazy and spectacular. But what Volvo does has a serious background. It's about accident research and the behavior of modern vehicles in accidents at very high speeds. For this, the manufacturer in Sweden has now wrecked 10 new cars.
Testing for Survival
For a special purpose. Emergency services usually practice with vehicles from the junkyard. For reasons of cost, and not only in Sweden, savings are made here at the wrong end. Older cars inherently have a softer structure and can only be compared with modern vehicles to a limited extent. Sometimes there are worlds between a junkyard car that is 20 years old and a current design.
Current Volvos are increasingly using high-strength steels that were not available in their predecessors. For the rescue workers and their tools, they present new challenges. Because the time factor counts, and being able to rescue an injured person as quickly as possible can make the difference between life and death.
Seen in this light, 10 new cars are a low price for accident research. With the drop from a height of 30 meters, the accident researchers simulate front, side and rear crash scenarios in an impressive way. The results obtained flow into the research and are made available to emergency services. So that the rescue proceeds as quickly as possible in the event of an accident.
The scenes in the film are spectacular. They can be thought-provoking. Above all about the speed you choose and whether more than the recommended motorway speed might not be too much. Especially when you are driving a Swedish car, but not one that is so modern.
And you can compare what has moved the last few decades. One historical film on the blog shows how a Saab 9000 behaves when it falls from a crane. 24 years later, new Volvos fall from great heights and the progress is evident.
Still, one thing becomes clear. Whether it's an older car or the latest technology. Once you've seen the pictures, you don't want to be involved in an accident at high speed for any price in the world. Being cautious and traveling at a suitable speed is easy on the environment and on your nerves. And is the safest way to drive a car.
Once this has been recognized, the film and its images have achieved their intended purpose.
Video and images: Volvo Cars