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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.

Olsson JA, Skötte L-G, Svensson S-E, Air Bag system for Side Impact Protection, The 12th International Technical Conference on the Experimental Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1989

Topic: Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact

Mellander H, Ivarsson J, Korner J, Nilsson S, Side Impact Protection System - A Description of the Technical Solutions and Statistical and Experimental tools, The 12th International Technical Conference on the Experimental Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1989

Topic: Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact

Öhlund A, Saslecov V, A dynamic test method for a car’s interior side impact performance, Paper No. 91-S5-O-19, The 13th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Paris, France, 1991

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact

Pilhall S, Korner J, Ouchterlony B, SIPSBAG – A New, Seat-Mounted Side Impact Airbag System, The 14th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Munich, Germany, 1994

Topic: Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact

Öhlund A, Palmertz C, Korner J, Nygren M, Bohman K, The Inflatable Curtain (IC) - A New Head Protection System in Side Impacts, Paper no. 98-S8-W-29, The 16th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Windsor, Canada, 1998

Topic: Head side impact

Thomson R, Lövsund P, Norin H, Jakobsson L, Boström O, Håland Y, Brain Injuries in Real World Accidents – a Multidisciplinary Investigation, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Isle of Man, UK, 2001

Topic: Head frontal (incl moose), Head side impact

Pipkorn B, Halldin P, Jakobsson L, Iraeus J, Backlund M, Mroz K, Lanner D, Holmqvist K, Kleiven S, Mathematical human body models in side impacts – A validation study with particular emphasis on the torso and shoulder and their influence on head and neck motion, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Bern, Switzerland, 2008

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact, Upper extr.

Jakobsson L, Lindman M, Upper extremity fractures in car accidents, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Hannover, Germany, 2010

Topic: Methodology + real world data , Chest / pelvis side impact, Head side impact

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