In Michigan recently, a new safety car was crash-tested at a speed of 50 miles per hour.
In Michigan recently, a new safety car was crash-tested at a speed of 50 miles per hour. Pulled by a winch-driven cable, the car crashed into a 92-ton steel and concrete barrier. The test was equivalent to a 100 mile per hour collision with a parked car.
Slow motion pictures show the effect of the collision on the vehicle and on the four fully-instrumented, but unrestrained passenger dummies. Also shown is the deployment of experimental air cushions.
The prototype vehicle, created by General Motors, is a five-passenger, four-door, family-type sedan, which incorporated specialised safety devices, materials and designs.