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Volvo: Driven by equality to ensure safety

They’re the brains behind the expanding family of not-so-dumb crash test dummies, and now Volvo are sharing their safety research with the world.

Some people are safer than others on the road. That’s because, even in 2019, most automakers still produce cars based exclusively on data from male crash test dummies. To help solve that problem and make driving equally safe for everyone, Volvo is sharing more than 40 years of safety research, making its database of real-world crash data available to the whole industry.

Volvo’s cars are developed with the aim to protect all people, regardless of gender, height, shape or weight, beyond the ‘average person’ represented by crash test dummies. In sharing their research, their dream is that all cars will protect everyone – as safety is their main priority.

The road to safety

1927: The first Volvo car, Volvo ÖV 4, left the assembly line, created out of concern that no one was making cars safe enough for Swedish roads.

1959: Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented the three-point seatbelt, an innovation shared with the entire automotive industry, protecting everyone – regardless of size, gender or body shape – saving more than one million lives.

1970s: The Volvo Traffic Accident Research Team was formed, gathering data from actual car accidents to find out what happens to real people in a crash – men, women and children. The analysis has led to many of the innovative systems in Volvo cars today.

1995: Volvo tested with a female crash test dummy, starting with the only available small-sized, female frontal-impact dummy.

2001: A small-sized side impact dummy was included in Volvo’s tests.

Early 2000s: Volvo developed a virtual model of a pregnant woman – the world-first midsized female crash test dummy – making it possible to study movement, and how the safety belt and airbag affect a woman and foetus.

Early 2010s: The crash test dummy family grew with the creation of Volvo’s midsized female crash test dummy, used for whiplash evaluation in rear-end impacts.

2019: Volvo launched their safety initiative, E.V.A. – Equal Vehicles for All – sharing the results of more than 40 years of research with the entire automotive industry. By allowing everyone to download this information, they hope to make every car safer.

2020 and beyond: Volvo’s vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a Volvo.

Test drive a new Volvo today and experience world-class safety for yourself. For more information, visit volvocars.com/nz.