Crash Tests: the Series

Get the scoop on all things crash test, from how they work to how crash test dummies have evolved over time.

Crash tests

There’s no denying that crash tests have come a long way. From the early days of relying on cadavers and hogs to recent advancements in virtual crash testing, researchers are finding increasingly advanced ways to keep us safe. (And of course, that’s music to our ears.) So we’ve researched everything you could ever want to know about crash tests and compiled it all right here for your reading pleasure.

Meet the Crash Test Family
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes an entire family to make sure a car is crashworthy. Meet the Crash Test Dummy Clan.

The Future of Crash Test Dummies
Learn about THOR, the newest generation of crash test dummy. And find out how he’s making cars safer for us all.

The Evolution of Crash Test Dummies
With bodies full of sensors and human-like structures, crash test dummies have come a long way since the days of using cadavers and human volunteers.

How Video Game Hardware Could Help Save Lives
The technology behind video games is now being used to determine crash safety. Find out how virtual crash test dummies are protecting us.

Crash Tests and Safety Ratings: What Does It All Mean?
Let’s start with the basics. Like how crash tests actually work. We break down the ways the NHTSA and IIHS conduct their crash tests and what the results mean to you.

IIHS Report: Some Luxury Cars Don’t Stack Up in Frontal Crashes
A pricey luxury car doesn’t necessarily buy you safety. Find out how some 2012 models stacked up in an IIHS crash test.

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