Volvo cars are known for their reliability and road safety. The Swedish carmaker always pushes its boundaries to enhance the safety of its cars. And in a bid to make its cars more safe, Volvo dropped its multiple models from a height of 30 meters.
Why Volvo dropped cars from a height of 30 meters?
Volvo is helping rescue services to train for any possible extreme crash scenario. By this experiment, Volvo simulated the forces that destroy the vehicle in an extreme road accident. It is worth noting that these conditions can't be simulated in a crash testing facility.
By dropping the Volvo cars from the height of 30 meters, safety experts were able to create desired damage to recreate the situation that occurs after an extreme crash. It could include single car accidents at triple digit speeds where the vehicle collides with a truck or a car takes a brutal hit from the side.
In such crashes, passengers and driver inside the car can face lethal injuries. Hence, the priority is always to get all the occupants out of the car and get them the required medical attention as soon as possible. Extrication experts call first hour of the accident as "golden hour". The patient should be sent to the hospital within the golden to minimize the impact of injuries.
Volvo cars will prepare a detailed research report from the findings of these crashes and extrication work. This will help Volvo to develop more safer cars that can save lives in the event of high speed crashes.
Why use new Volvo cars for extrication work?
Volvo explained that the rescue workers normally use old vehicles sourced from scrap yards for training purposes. However, these cars can be up to 20 years old. On top of that, there is also a massive difference in terms of safety cage construction, steel strength, and the overall durability of the body.
This is why it is essential for rescue workers to stay updated with latest car models to stay familiar with modern extrication methods. This is the reason that Volvo dropped 10 different Volvo cars from the crane multiple times. Volvo also explained that before every drop, its safety engineers did exact calculations of force and pressure that each car would require to achieve the desired body damage.
CarInfo applauds Volvo for going an extra mile to enhance the road safety of vehicle.