Title: The Volvo safety design philosophy

Authors: R. Almqvist

Addresses: Volvo Automotive Safety Centre, Volvo Car Corporation, Gcteborg, Sweden

Abstract: Volvo|s safety design philosophy - to design a safe car for the real traffic environment - is described in detail starting with Volvo|s traffic accident investigations as one of the most important inputs to safety characteristics specified for a new Volvo car. How the safety characteristics are transformed to measurable properties for the complete car in the laboratory environment is then explained and exemplified. The integrated specification is further broken down to system and subsystem specifications suitable and understandable to the designer at the drawing table. The design follow up procedure, including crashworthiness design review meetings and at the end certification tests and production control tests is discussed. How this safety design philosophy is implemented in the design of a new Volvo car is then described step by step, and exemplified by different designs and the test results.

Keywords: vehicle design; vehicle safety; traffic accident investigations; crashworthiness; crash test methods; Volvo.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1983.061074

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1983 Vol.4 No.2, pp.103 - 121

Published online: 25 May 2014 *

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