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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.

Åsberg, A, A Statistical Traffic Accident Analysis, The 4th International Technical Conference on Experimental Safety Vehicles (ESV) Proceedings, Kyoto Japan, 1973

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Whiplash rear impact

Schick S, Kullgren A, Tomasch E, Jakobsson L, Linder A, Gales N, Hell W, Basics for developing a female occupant model for investigating Cervical Spine Distortion injury (CSD), The 4th International Conference on ESAR, Expert Symposium on Accident Research, Hannover, Germany, 2010

Topic: Methodology + real world data , Whiplash rear impact

Schmitt K-U, Weber T Svensson M, Davidsson J, Carlsson A, Björklund M, Jakobsson L, Tomasch E, Linder A, Seat testing to investigate the female neck injury risk – preliminary results using a new female dummy prototype, Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2012

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Whiplash rear impact

Isaksson-Hellman I, Lindman M, Real-world performance of City Safety based on Swedish insurance data, Paper no. 15-0121, The 24th International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), Gothenburg, Sweden, 2015

Topic: Methodology & real world data , Whiplash rear impact, Whiplash frontal impact

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