This World bicycle day, A pioneer automotive safety brand, Volvo and Swedish sports and safety brand, POC came up with a new project of the series of crash test of bike helmet with the purpose of protecting the cyclist. Till the last year, Volvo has done lots of work for the improvement of safety but this year Volvo has the vision to improve road safety via knowledge sharing approach by this tie-up with POC.
As you know, I guess, the safety innovations of Volvo. POC has won 60 international safety, innovation and design awards. POC is who, which is always looking at new research, science, and innovation to bring forward new ways of thinking to reduce accidents.
Volvo Cars have focused on also protecting people outside its cars in recent years. because Volvo cars already have pedestrian detection since 2010 and cyclist detection since 2013 which is standard in all Volvo cars as a part of active safety
In this project, the number of detailed crash test is to be performed at Volvo Cars safety research facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden which will show the study of long term injuries sustained by cyclists.
In this project, the POC helmet is worn by dummy cyclists and launched towards different areas of hood of a Volvo car using different speeds and angles.
Are you thinking why this advancement in this area?
Because till the date, helmets are being tested by dropped it from various heights on different types of surfaces and not considering the actual bike to vehicle accidents. This project will help POC to design a helmet more protective and safer. Also, this research data will also help Volvo cars for further advancement in these type of events.
“This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre and one of the company’s leading safety engineers. “We often develop new testing methods for challenging traffic scenarios. Our aim is not only to meet legal requirements or pass rating tests. Instead, we go beyond ratings, using real traffic situations to develop technology that further improves safety.”
We hope, after this project, we might have the futuristic highly advanced bike helmet which helps in reducing the accidental injuries.