The most common accident scenarios include a full frontal collision or a roll-over accident. When the cab is struck by an external object, its primary task is to transfer energy to the rear in order to maintain sufficient survival space inside.
At Volvo Trucks we test our cabs thoroughly in a series of sequences, including the front pendulum test. And all our cabs meet the Swedish cab strength standards - the toughest in the world.
Absorbing the energy of the impact
There are tremendous forces at work in the event of an accident. The force to which your body is subjected is likely to be at least twice the weight of your entire body. A person weighing 100 kg is subjected to a force equal to four tonnes when travelling at 50 km/h. That is why the cab interior needs to be energy-absorbent, in order to yield to the impact of the human body.
In all our cabins the steering wheel and dashboard are energy-absorbent, as are the trim panels at knee height. All upholstery fabrics are also made of flameproof materials.
In addition, interior accessories such as the microwave oven and coffee maker are designed to be firmly attached to the cab structure. This ensures that they stay in place in case of a collision or emergency braking manoeuvre.