Volvo, a brand known for promoting the top-notch safety of their vehicles has gone a step further by dropping brand new models of their SUVs, such as the XC40 and XC90, and saloon and estate cars, like the V60 from a crane 30-metres high.
It was determined that dropping cars from that height would have the necessary impact and damage to recreate an accident on the road.
The manufacturer did their safety tests at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, and emergency responders were tasked with getting the cars open after the crash, simulating a real-life crash incident.
“Our car seats are made to ensure safety and comfort. The energy-absorbing functionality between the seat and seat frame helps reduce spinal injuries, and the built-in whiplash protection system helps reduce the risk of whiplash injury,” Volvo says on their website.
Rescuers refer to the “golden hour”, the first 60 minutes after an accident during which the victims have the best chance of survival. Thus, Volvo has designed their vehicles to be more accessible in the event that extrication is needed, and rescuers need to constantly update their skills on how to navigate new cars.
Take a look at the test crash simulation:
Picture: Screenshot from video