Volvo's Crash-Test Laboratory in Torslanda Turns 10 This Year

On March 29 2000 Volvo Cars inaugurated a new crash test laboratory in Torslanda, Sweden. One of the most advanced facilities of its kind at the time of the launch, the lab had a busy time during its ten years of existence.

Almost 3,000 full-scale tests have been carried out during the high-tech facility's first decade, all contributing to the building of safer Volvo cars. "We can replicate most of the incident and accident scenarios that take place out on the roads. By analysing 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," says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor at Volvo Cars, in the press release.

Over the years, the safety center has retained its position of state-of-the-art facility thanks to the continuous implementation of new equipment and new test methods. 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. 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," says Thomas Broberg.

The Volvo S60, the company’s latest model, is a worthy representative of the world-leading research conducted at Volvo Cars and its safety centre. "The risk of being involved in an accident or being injured in one of our latest car models has been more than halved compared with a Volvo from the 1970s. We are continuously taking new steps towards our vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020. The crash-test laboratory is a central part of this development," says Thomas Broberg.
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