The more you think about autonomous cars, the more questions you raise, causing you to think even more. It’s like being trapped in the most useless perpetual motion machine. Occasionally, though, interesting questions arise, like this one: what will crash testing an autonomous car entail?
European microcars: they’re like cars! Sort of! Well, technically they’re “quadricycles,” and not cars at all. And because they’re extra small and extra cheap, they don’t have to adhere to normal car safety standards. That doesn’t mean regulators can’t have a hell of a time completely destroying them, however.
When it comes to the sixties, people usually refer to Volvo and Mercedes-Benz as the pioneers of car safety. But BMW wasn’t far behind.
Since 1978, the car-buying public has been able to judge the safety of their next car, in part, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star Safety Ratings. Today safety regulators announced they’re proposing big changes that will bring the safety ratings system into the 21st century, and…
You can now add seat belts to the list of counterfeit items you should look out for when you’re shopping for your car. And holy crap should you look out for this stuff because it’s terrifying.
Bad news for walls, telephone poles, and other solid objects — the new Volvo XC90 looks like it can crush you into oblivion.
The Tato Nano is the world’s cheapest car, and this newly-circulation video of the car rolling and crashing at ridiculously low speed seems to suggest it’s the world’s most dangerous car as well. But something’s not right here.
Ever stare at the barest pieces of concrete and metal preventing you from veering off a bridge and plummeting hundreds of feet to your watery grave below, and wondering how they test all that? Me neither, let’s be honest. But if you did, it’s exactly how you think they’d do it. By crashing big stuff into it.
When we last heard an update on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, the car was going to sit out the first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship for further development work. One thing to fix was a front roll hoop that didn't pass the FIA's crash tests. Per Darren Cox in the Q&A today, that item just passed.
We've told you before that Volvo 850s looks better when you beat the crap out of them, but this sort of professional destruction is not what we had in mind. Prepare to be amazed.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you drove your car off a cliff? Volvo did.
As someone who's spent most of his driving life tooling blissfully around in cars that are, by modern standards, deathtraps, it's sort of satisfying to see that old deathtrap touch isn't totally gone from modern cars. Like this Lifan 320, which collapses like your uncle's cool pocket drinking cup in a crash test.
Zero stars. Zero stars. The Datsun Go just received the grand total of No Stars At All for adults in its recent crash test by the Global NCAP safety group. That is both completely absurd and absolutely terrifying, all at the same time. This is exactly what went so horrifically wrong.
Following the NHTSA's five-star rating in every subcategory, Euro NCAP tests also confirm that the Tesla Model S is still pretty much the safest car money can buy.
Humanetics has been developing crash test dummies since the 1950s, beginning with aerospace research and eventually moving into automotive world. Now, 60 years later, it's developing the first obese crash dummy because, dammit, we love our 64-ounce Cokes and want to order a Doritos Locos Taco through an app.
If you were driving that truck, you'd be dead. Very, very dead.
While most small cars performed well in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's latest crash tests, family cars such as the Mazda 5 or the Fiat 500L and the world's most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf left a lot to be desired. Ouch!
In order to convince potential buyers that the minuscule Smart ForTwo isn't something they will be violently killed in, Smart has long trumpeted the car's "tridion safety cell" as being one of the most protective systems out there. But how does it hold up in a Mercedes-style David vs. Goliath crash test?