Volvo Cars' Crash-Test Lab Turns 10
GŐTEBORG, SWEDEN - Volvo Cars' crash-test laboratory in Torslanda turns 10 years old this year -- and the almost 3,000 full-scale tests that have been carried out during the facility's first decade have helped give Volvo owners safer cars, the company said.
"We can replicate most of the incident and accident scenarios that take place out on the roads," explained Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo Cars. "By analyzing these and then testing new safety technology in the crash-test laboratory, we can improve the safety level in our cars so that they become even safer in real-life traffic conditions."
When the safety center was inaugurated by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in early 2000, it was one of the most advanced in the car industry -- a position it has retained over the years thanks to the continuous implementation of new equipment and new test methods, Volvo said. The latest technology infusion is in the form of a set of digital high-speed cameras that can take 200,000 frames per second.
"The new cameras give us exceptional scope for studying collisions down to the tiniest detail," Broberg said. "What is more, we have a number of miniature cameras that are installed inside the cars to capture what happens with various key components in the vehicle."