• Short Summary

    AS EACH YEAR PASSES, SO ROAD ACCIDENT FIGURES MOUNT.EACH YEAR, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE?

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    LV CAR PUSHED INTO STARTING POSITION
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    SCU DUMMIES PUT INTO POSITION IN CARS
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    SV ROCKET ATTACHED TO CAR
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    CU ROCKET PRIMED
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    SV MAN SIGNALS AND PULLS ROCKET STARTER
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    LV CAR DOWN TEST ROAD AND HITS SIDE OF BUS HEAD ON
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    SV INT. INTERIOR BUS DUMKIES ARE THROWN OFF SEATS
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    LV CAR AND COACH REACTION
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    LV SLOW MOTION CAR HITS COACH AS SHOT 6.
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    TOP VIEW ENGINEER OPENS CAR DOORS
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    LV CAR DOWN ROAD HITS RAILING A GLANCING BLOW AND THROUGH BALES OF STRAW
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    CU SIDE OF CAR
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    SV ENGINEER OPENS CAR DOOR
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    LV CAR DOWN ROAD TWO WHEELS UP RAMP LANDS ON ROOF AND UPRIGHTS (COUPLE) WHEEL COMES OFF.
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    SV DITTO BUT IN SLOW MOTION
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    SCU ENGINEER OPENS DOOR
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    LV CAR DOWN ROAD RUNS INTO BACK OF ANOTHER CAR
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    CU DITTO BUT IN SLOW MOTION WINDOWS FALL OUT OF BOTH CARS
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    LV CAR DOWN ROAD TWO WHEELS UP RAMP LAND ON BACK- SOMERSAULTS OVER EARTH DOWN TO DITCH
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    LV DITTO BUT IN SLOW MOTION PETROL TANK LEAVES CAR.
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    SCU ENGINEER OPENS CAR DOORS
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    Background: AS EACH YEAR PASSES, SO ROAD ACCIDENT FIGURES MOUNT.EACH YEAR, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DIE ON THE WORLD'S ROADS.MILLIONS MORE ARE INJURED.

    THE GERMAN FIRM, DAIMLER BENZ, WHICH BUILDS THE MERCEDES CAR, HAS GONE TO GREAT LENGTHS IN THE SEARCH TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROTECTION OF PASSENGERS.USING REALISTIC DUMMIES, ELECTRONIC RECORDING MACHINES FOR INSTRUMENTS, AND A NUMBER OF CARS FROM THEIR PRODUCTION LINE, THEY HAVE GATHERED USEFUL DATA ON THE DAMAGE ROAD ACCIDENTS INFLICT ON VEHICLES.

    STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF CORNELL SHOW THAT MOST ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED BY FRONTAL IMPACT.OTHER FIGURES REVEAL THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACING PASSENGERS IN A RIGIDLY CONSTRUCTED CENTRE SECTION OF THE CAR.ON THIS BASIS, DAIMLER BENZ ENSURE THAT THE CENTRE SECTION WILL PROTECT PASSENGERS, WHILE FRONT AND REAR SECTIONS ARE MADE LESS RIGID TO ABSORB THE IMPACT OF A CRASH.

    DURING TRIALS, CARS WERE SENT AWAY BY ROCKET POWER TO COLLIDE WITH A BUS, OR TO OVERTURN, OR TO CRASHINTO THE REAR OF A STATIONARY CAR.

    IN EVERY CASE THE VEHICLE DOORS WERE OPENED AFTERWARDS TO CONFIRM THAT THE VITAL CENTRE SECTION HAD NOT BEEN TESTED.THE SPECIALLY-DEVELOPED DOOR-LOCK PROVED ITS EFFICIENCY BY HOLDING THE DOOR FIRM CLOSED, AND NOT GIVING WAY UNDER THE IMMENSE STRESS INVOLVED IN A COLLISION.

    STRINGENT FIELD TESTS SUCH AS THESE ARE ESSENTIAL TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON ROADS WHICH GET MORE CROWDED DAILY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9TBCDSXYX9X3B8SC6R538KFDO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TBCDSXYX9X3B8SC6R538KFDO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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