Engineers from SEAT’s Technical Centre work daily carrying out a raft of tests on any of a code models so as to revoke to a smallest a luck of critical damage among drivers, passengers and pedestrians in a eventuality of an accident. The ultimate aim of such work is to pattern a automobile in a destiny “capable of avoiding accidents totally”, says Henrico Puttenstein, one of a engineers during a Technical Centre’s Department of Passive Safety.
Low- and high-speed impacts, seat-belt activation, collapsing roofs and doors… a whole raft of tests that are analysed down to a millimetre around ultra-precise technical calculations. “We launch opposite impact elements opposite a car, mimicking tools of a tellurian body, such as a leg, hip or head”, says Henrico, going into some detail. “The tests we lift out revoke a luck of critical damage in accidents to 20%”, he declares.
The work of this immature operative and his group starts during a really early, drawing-board theatre of a automobile project, that is “when a volume of a automobile is designed and we have to yield room to approve with reserve requirements”, he explains. To Henrico, a automobile “is a grand concede between an attractive-looking pattern and reserve concerns”.
A automobile has many reserve elements, other than safety-belts and airbags. “People might not be wakeful that behind a front fender and carp there is a specially-designed energy-absorbing area, as good as foams of opposite densities” that assistance reduced a force of a impact. In a opinion of Henrico reserve in cars, that began in a 1970s with a introduction of a safety-belt, “has done overwhelming developments”. “We are removing some-more and some-more new materials enabling us to strengthen a bodywork even more, so that influence systems are increasingly effective”, he adds.
Henrico’s aspiration is to pattern a automobile versed with accident-detection systems and other inclination that “can change a speed and instruction of a automobile autonomously”, with no submit from a driver. “It will be a genuine intelligent car, designed to equivocate accidents totally in a future”, a destiny that Henrico hopes is not too distant off.