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The E.V.A. Initiative

We have studied more than 43,000 cars in real-life accidents with 72,000 occupants since the 1950s.

This collection of documents is the sample of the result of all our research and safety development, some to which access has been limited, up until now.

Throughout the years, it has contributed to many innovative systems such as WHIPS (Whiplash Injury Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), and numerous child safety products.

We are now sharing this research by letting everyone download more than 40 years of research. We hope this will lead to safer cars for everyone - regardless of gender and size. Because at Volvo Cars, we will always put people first.

Saxmark O, Progress report on the air bag development for the Volvo experimental safety car (VESC), The 4th International Technical Conference on Experimental Safety Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Kyoto Japan, 1973

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Chest frontal impact, Head frontal (incl moose), abdomen frontal impact

Lövsund P, Nilson G, Svensson MY, Terins JG, Passenger car crash worthiness in moose-car collisions, Paper No. 89-2A-W-019, The 12th International Technical Conference on the Experimental Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1989

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Head frontal (incl moose)

Jakobsson L, Lindman M, Carlsson H, Axelson A, Kling A, Large Animal Crashes: the Significance and Challenges, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Lyon, France, 2015

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Head frontal (incl moose)

Jakobsson L, Bohman K, #SelfieForSafety: A crowd sourced study addressing the importance of shoulder belt position, Volvo Safety Report, Sweden, 2019

Topic: Chest frontal impact, Head frontal impact, Abdomen frontal impact, Methodology

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