75 years ago: Dawn of a pile-up exam epoch during Audi

Posted on 04. Dec, 2013 by in Audi Canada

The subcompact DKW F7 rolled down a mountain in Golm, nearby Potsdam, in late 1938. The engineers used a ramp to hurl a automobile over as a proof of a car’s reserve and stability. In front of dismayed spectators and a camera, a subcompact automobile rolled mixed times before entrance to a stop with a engine still using and a physique probably undamaged. This eventuality noted a emergence of pile-up contrast during Audi and serve innovations in a area of automotive safety.

Among a milestones is a growth of press zones to revoke a risk of damage to a motorist and passengers. A 1958 NSU Prinz, for example, was already means to catch a good apportionment of a appetite from a front-end collision in a press zone. The growth of a NSU Ro 80 and a initial Audi 100 commencement in a late 1960s noted a initial use of dummies to investigate a effects of an collision on a tellurian body.

To make a formula of a pile-up even some-more reproducible, Audi inaugurated a initial pile-up contrast gymnasium during Ingolstadt in 1970. Modified countless times, it is still in use today. Measurements became some-more and some-more accurate over time, and this together with a use of camera record in pile-up investigate enabled even improved investigate of a car’s weaknesses. One law Audi creation from this duration was a “Procon-ten” complement (programmed contraction and tension). In a frontal collision, a steering circle was pulled behind and a front seatbelts tensioned by means of a banishment of a engine toward a newcomer cell around a complement of steel cables and deflection pulleys. Introduced in 1986, a complement significantly reduced a driver’s risk of conduct damage and was usually dropped after a introduction of airbags in all models.

In further to crashes underneath laboratory conditions, an augmenting volume of information from real-world accidents were incorporated into growth efforts commencement in a mid-1990s. Audi determined a apart dialect for collision research, a AARU (Audi Accident Research Unit), in 1998, that has grown usually ever since. In partnership with doctors during a University of Regensburg, a AARU analyzes collision information and identifies optimization intensity for new models.

The series of Audi models is flourishing steadily. Body structures have also turn increasingly formidable over a years. Crash simulations are therefore now an indispensable partial of indication development. Whether walking accidents, frontal or side-impact collisions: Virtually all forms of accidents can be unnatural today. More than 200 specialists during Audi are operative only on these topics. Each month, they perform some 20,000 pile-up simulations, mostly as most as dual years before a initial prototypes are even built. 

Audi models are among a world’s safest cars. The code with a 4 rings offers a extensive package of active and pacifist reserve facilities in a compress class, too. The Audi A3, for instance, is accessible with active line assist, multicollision stop support and pre clarity front. The latter complement uses active braking to revoke a impact speed in a eventuality of an accident, so almost shortening collision astringency or, during reduce speeds, preventing accidents altogether. The Audi A3 perceived a respect “Euro NCAP advanced” 4 times in 2012, in partial for these active reserve systems.

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