Archive for the ‘Safety Issues’ Category

Increased driver protection “inevitable” for F1

The fallout from the dramatic first corner crash at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix continues calls for increased driver protection. Commenting on the incident, in which Fernando Alonso’s head was missed by inches, McLaren’s technical director, Paddy Lowe, said, “You see it time and time again and think ‘that was lucky’. One day it won’t […]

Mandatory Autonomous Emergency Braking coming soon

A decision by Euro NCAP to include Autonomous Engine Braking (AEB) in its testing from 2014 onwards has forced the European Commission to make the technology mandatory for commercial vehicles by November next year. You’d expect a similar regime to apply to passenger cars shortly thereafter. Euro NCAP describes AEB as such: Autonomous Emergency Braking […]

It’s just the luck of the draw

Metal safety barriers separating dual carriageways are supposed to be safe, right? Sometimes things can go wrong, as this video from Russia shows. And when things are out of your control, sometimes all that separates you from life and death is nothing more than dumb luck. This rather frightening video shows two accidents. We can’t […]

Mercedes-Benz to trial seatbelt airbag

Seatbelts are one the most important safety features of any car. Yet, in the event of an accident the level of their effectiveness can almost be measured by the severity of the marking left to the driver or passenger. Of course, that’s a much better solution that flying unhindered through a windscreen. However, Mercedes-Benz brings […]

Subaru BRZ awarded 5-star ANCAP rating

Just days ahead of its official Australian launch the Subaru BRZ has been awarded a five star safety rating by local authority ANCAP. The BRZ scored a very respectable 34.4 points, from a possible 37, and the summary of ANCAP’s report states: The BRZ scored 14.97 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The […]

An airbag didn’t save my life

In mid-November 2010 Ron Smith, a Scottish engineer from South Bents in northern England, was involved in a six-car accident. The airbag in his Vauxhall Insignia deployed and it appeared he had survived the crash without suffering any serious injuries. However, during the impact the airbag was cut open by a slice of glass and […]

BMW, Hyundai, Mazda and Peugeot latest to achieve Euro NCAP 5 star rating

In the latest round of Euro NCAP testing the BMW 3 Series, Hyundai i30, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 208 have been granted the maximum five star safety rating. Euro NCAP say their thresholds surrounding pedestrian protection have increased significantly in 2012, making it harder for manufacturers to reach the highest possible rating. The results from […]

Volvo V40 brings world’s first pedestrian airbag

“People are soft and cars are hard,” says Thomas Broberg. He’s the Senior Technical Advisor Safety from Volvo and has been charged with overseeing the company’s current safety goal, which states: “By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo.” So, with that objective in mind, the thought of a pedestrian […]

Will we ever see closed-cockpit F1 cars?

This futuristic and rather cool looking concept rendering shows what Formula One cars could look like in the future. The image has been sourced from, the creator says he began work on the closed-cockpit concept after Felipe Massa’s freak accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Turns out it was a prophetic move, too. […]

The impossible texting and driving test

Bravo to the Belgian authorities who came up with this anti-driving test. It’s a wonderful example of the dangers of inattention while driving. It needn’t be something obvious like texting and driving, either, the lessons learnt here are wide ranging. Thankfully, no driving instructors were harmed in the making of this film. Enjoy it, have […]

VIDEO: Four minutes of madness

The video you’re about to see takes us back to a world before the six-point safety harness. Indeed helmets seem optional and the creator of the HANS device would have been laughed out of town. Some of the footage is shocking, some of it genuinely amazing—that people got up and walked away from some of […]