Automakers Use Crash-Scene Investigators to Improve Vehicle SafetyJune 7, 2019
Since the 1970s, Volvo has dispatched its own crash-scene investigators to accident sites to collect valuable information about the cause of the accident, the damage to the vehicles, whether the occupants of the vehicles suffered any injuries, and how they can use that information to improve the safety of their vehicles. Volvo’s Accident Research Team is available 24 hours a day to respond to car accidents that occur within an hour’s drive of the company’s headquarters, which is in Gothenburg, Sweden. Other car companies, including BMW, Subaru, and Honda also started using field investigators to inspect crash sites, and use that information to improve their vehicles’ safety features.
Volvo’s On Call system will automatically alert the Traffic Accident Research Team when one of their vehicles is involved in an accident. Once the team arrives at the crash site, they wait for authorities to assess the situation, collect information from the police report, and carry out their rescue operations for any injured victims. Once authorities are done, Volvo’s team will thoroughly inspect the vehicles, take photos, and collect measurements. They use this information to make improvements to their safety technology. In some cases, Volvo will take possession of the vehicle to conduct further studies.
Other Car Companies Follow Volvo’s Lead
BMW also has an Accident Research Program, which has been in operation since 1977. The program looks at 3,000 data points that help provide a comprehensive look at the crash, including weather, light conditions, the performance of the structure of the vehicle, safety belts, airbag systems, driver assistance systems, and injury severity. Investigators will also look at the road conditions and any trees or signs that are in the vicinity that may provide additional clues about the accident.
Subaru is another car company that uses crash investigators. Subaru of America is notified by its retail service team about car accidents that involve Subaru vehicles. After several inspections were performed by a team of field investigators and vendors, Subaru developed its EyeSight safety technology that includes automatic braking, which is now standard on most models. Honda and Tesla also send out teams of crash investigators when there is an accident that involves one of their vehicles. While different car companies approach their post-crash research in different ways, they all use the information they find to make improvements to their vehicles to prevent serious car accidents and life-threatening injuries.
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