Japan automaker Nissan has fitted multiple sensors on dummy passengers to measure the effects of collision involving its upcoming Ariya electric crossover SUV.
Assessing human safety is only one of the comprehensive tests being done Nissan’s new vehicle.
The automaker subjects every one of its vehicles to rigorous crash tests that include frontal-, side- and rear-impact collisions, as well as those that simulate accidents when pedestrians are on the road.
At the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan, a team of engineers tirelessly work to ensure that Nissan vehicles, including the upcoming Ariya electric crossover SUV, have a high safety level in the event of a collision.
“More than 100 data points are evaluated on the Ariya,” said Gen Tanabe of the Passive Safety Evaluation Group. “Because the upcoming Ariya will be sold in many markets, we will conduct more than 400 tests from the early stages of development to market launch.”
According to Tanabe, it only takes 1/1000th of a second for a Nissan crash test vehicle to fulfil its role.
Being a pure EV meant that many of the procedures employed for the Nissan LEAF were adopted for the Ariya, resulting in stricter safety measures than those required by regulations. For example, the safety engineers needed to ensure th3 high-voltage EV battery pack retained its structural integrity after a crash without the electrodes leaking.
Serving as the basis for developing safer automobiles, Nissan’s Safety Shield concept includes active and passive safety measures to support the safety of vehicle occupants in a variety of scenarios. The overall goal is to prevent collisions where possible and, in case of unavoidable collisions, mitigate damage and injuries.