The strongest cab Volvo has ever built comes with an emergency escape hatch as standard. According to the world’s toughest crash tests, its drivers have a good chance of survival even in an 80 km/h crash with a stationary object.
The new Volvo FH series has been crash tested over 1,000 times in computer simulations and 20 times in reality. This goes far beyond standard testing. Despite the fact that it’s no longer necessary, Volvo continues to test its vehicles to Swedish standards – known internationally as “The Swedish impact test’’ and “The world’s toughest crash test.”
Simulation and testing have made it possible to build a cab structure that provides maximum protection for the driver. The cabin has become both larger and stronger.
Real life safety
Crash tests confirm the benefits of the new cab structure. The crash dummy survives even the toughest test, a crash at 50 km/h with a truck-shaped fixed barrier. In real life the test is comparable to one of 80 km/h with a stationary truck, and suggests that a driver too, would survive the crash.
“There was never a possibility of us building a cab without an emergency exit”
“With the new FH we’ve had the opportunity to design a cab structure from scratch, without limitations. We’ve taken full advantage of this opportunity to build our safest truck ever,” says Matti Koponen at Volvo Cab Engineering. Unique for Volvo, testing is carried out with all interior fittings in place and storage compartments filled.
“There should be no possibility of getting injured in a crash by something inside the cab. Even the coffee maker should stay in place,” says Ulf Torgilsman, collision specialist at Volvo Cab Engineering.