It would be glib to say that safety equipment has had a huge influence on automobiles in the past 20 years. The result of cars being massively more safe than they were not long ago has made them bigger, heavier, more expensive, more challenging to develop, harder to fix and harder for emergency responders to deal with. That's just what it takes to try and keep people safe when they're wielding two-ton battle tanks in close quarters.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the entities in the greyhound-and-rabbit jockeying that keeps pushing the bounds of safety. It uses its testing to confer the Top Safety Pick designation that carmakers seek and it launched the small overlap frontal crash test that tripped up a number of vehicles.

It has begun a video series demonstrating what it tests at its facility in Virginia and how, with its crash test dummies, it assesses the results. There are two videos so far, one detailing the front offset test, the other examining the specifics of the crash test dummies who do all the 'work.' There will be eight videos in total, with another released every Tuesday. You can watch the first two below. They're a short and fascinating six minutes of viewing.






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      strykerzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the IIHS, because they help make cars more protective, maybe through a little bit of shame - but it still works. The sad truth is that the automakers have to design cars to be so safe because there are so many people texting or checking iphone screens behind the wheel. I am so tired of seeing cars drifting around all over the road. The other day I saw a woman tag a street curb with her car while checking her iphone. Bluetooth is good for cars, but more automakers should take it further with the talk to text function, since that what so many people do anyway.
        EvilTollMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @strykerzzzz
        I see way too many people in high-en luxury cars yappin away on their phones...your car has bluetooth you idiot!!!
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Use captured terrorists as real-life dummies, for more accurate results.
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      K
      • 1 Year Ago
      Read the headline then looked down. For a second, i thought she was the crash test dummy. Sure looks like one.
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      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how the make-up is applied!!!!
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      drawn eye browse, bone skinny...yuck.. she has some sort of \"habit?\"
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