This article reports an interview with J Korner, senior safety engineer, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden, where he assesses today's rating systems for vehicle crash tests, and introduces Volvo's own very effective predictive rating methods. Korner describes most existing crash-test rating systems as confusing, conflicting, and insufficient; he gives verdicts on six of the better systems. Given vehicle models do not yet receive similar scores from all rating systems, laboratory test ratings test only a fraction of the total crash spectrum. What is needed is a global crash-test rating system, based on multi-mode testing. The best rating would combine head-on, off-set, and sideways collisions and, when its measuring technology has been developed, some whiplash. It would use Volvo's specially developed predictive crash-test scoring system that is directly related to real crash data. Volvo's system uses several sizes of crash-test dummies, and several speeds. It also uses computer simulations to test modifications, and data about all Volvo crashes in Sweden, collected by the police and insurance companies. These data are compared with laboratory results, to help predict the real-life performance of new models. It will be some time before a crash-rating standard is agreed, because not all manufacturers have the same positive opinions on predictive systems.

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  • Authors:
    • Johnson, G
  • Publication Date: 2000-5


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  • Accession Number: 00795160
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM