3 Jun 19

Volvo co-developing car-bike helmet crash test

Volvo Cars is teaming up with Swedish sports and safety brand POC for a series of world-first crash tests of bike helmets as part of a new research project that aims to further protect cyclists.

Today, bike helmet testing procedures are fairly rudimentary, involving helmets being dropped from different heights on either a flat or an angled surface, and do not take into account vehicle to bike accidents. The Volvo-POC project aims to refine and advance such testing.

The project consists of a number of specially designed crash tests at the famous Volvo Cars safety research facilities in Gothenburg and is part of a wider research project to understand the types of long-term injuries sustained by cyclists.

The tests are based on existing regulatory test procedures for pedestrian head protection. This allows Volvo and POC to make a direct comparison between wearing a helmet and not wearing a helmet.

Future development

The learnings from the research project will help POC make its helmets safer and more protective in the event of a car-bike accident, while the tests will also provide valuable insights and learnings for Volvo Car into these types of accidents for future development.

In recent years Volvo Cars has focused on also protecting people outside its cars. For example, Volvo Cars launched its pedestrian detection with full autobrake in 2010 and cyclist detection with full auto brake in 2013. Both technologies come as standard in all Volvo cars as part of the City Safety package and have helped to improve overall traffic safety.

“Much like Volvo Cars, safety is at the very centre of our mission and drives all our ideas and innovations,” says Oscar Huss, head of product development at POC.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck