Car Accident Analysis (02:51)
Every day, thousands die from car accidents, but Sweden's roads have the fewest car-related fatalities. Volvo collects information from accidents and analyzes every situation involving a fatality. If a Volvo is involved in an accident, it often comes to the company's research center for analysis.
Car Composition and Safety (04:03)
In response to car accident analysis, Volvo altered car composition to include more boron. Justin Bratton tests Volvo's safest model, the XC90. A run-off-road collision is the most dangerous and fatal type of crash.
Reducing Effects of an Accident (03:11)
Anders Axelson developed a car accident simulator with a robotic arm that mimics the high acceleration of a car crash. When sensors in the XC90 notice the car is off-road, seat belts tighten and the seat recedes to absorb forces, diminishing the risk of spinal injuries.
Investment in Car Safety (05:43)
Gothenburg went from having the highest rate of car accidents in Sweden, to the fewest. The Euro NCAP rates cars for safety. The Volvo XC90 avoids hitting pedestrians through a radar and camera system which can trigger the brakes.
Torricelli Brake (04:05)
The Volvo auto-braking system only works at low speeds; risk of pedestrian death is greater at higher speeds. Braking distance increases exponentially as speed increases. Autoliv developed a system to reduce braking distance by creating a vacuum between a plate and the ground.
Credits: How Safe is Your Car? Episode 1 (00:29)
Credits: How Safe is Your Car? Episode 1
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