Volvo and POC team up to test bike helmets against cars for

first_img 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Preview • 2019 Volvo V60: The best kind of cookie cutter Comments 6:03 53 Photos Review • 2019 Volvo V60 review: A well-rounded all-rounder Volvo Enlarge ImageDropping a helmet onto a flat surface hardly mimics interactions between cyclists and motorists. This test is much more specific and, thus, will produce better data for both Volvo and POC. Volvo Volvo is no stranger to safety, being responsible for advancements like the three-point seatbelt, and its latest foray hopes to make the road safer for bicyclists rather than just motorists.On Monday, Volvo announced that it has teamed up with Swedish sports and safety company POC to run a series of world-first tests that pits bike helmets against vehicles. The idea is to research the interaction between the two and, potentially, create an even safer bike helmet that reduces the chance of injury in a collision.The tests will take place at Volvo’s safety research center in Gothenburg, Sweden. POC bike helmets will be affixed to crash test dummies, and they will be “launched” (Volvo’s term, not mine) at different parts of a Volvo’s hood, accounting for different speeds and angles. Volvo thinks there’s a lot to learn from these tests, which go above and beyond the usual bike helmet tests. According to the automaker, traditional helmet tests involve dropping a helmet from different heights onto flat or angled surfaces. The tests don’t account for cars specifically, yet as cities pile on dedicated bike lanes and make other accommodations just for cyclists, the need to study these interactions is as important as ever.”This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, head of the Volvo Cars Safety Center, in a statement. “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.” 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Tags Roadshow’s long-term 2019 Volvo XC40 after three months Volvo More about 2019 Volvo V60 Share your voice Volvo’s US manufacturing strategy is more human-centric… Car Industry Auto Tech 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than everlast_img

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