Digital crash tests, a future of the automotive safety? [video] image

According to CNET, the real safety tests as we know them today might be replaced by virtual ones, as the technology’s efficiency is rapidly advancing.

Car safety tests are playing a crucial role in the automotive industry. The carmakers are always looking to improve their ratings in such tests by permanently seeking to develop new technologies to make their cars safer. Therefore, crashing cars are the way to find how a certain model behaves in case of an accident. This procedure implies great costs and resources from both sides, regulators and carmakers as well. Things would be much easier if such scenarios are to be simulated in the virtual world and not in the real one. CNET reports the technological efficiency of digital crash testing reached 90 percent and the accuracy data will soon be at the required level to move the tests on computers.

Cars and all their parts have been designed on computers for some time now and that means every component from a tiny bolt to big panels are digitally build first before going into an assembly line. It will only require for the carmakers to give to the safety regulators all the proper data and they would be able to perform multiple tests over and over again without any other inconvenience. But as real life taught us in many situations, the real world scenarios might not overlap with what a computer calculates it could happen. Only a small error or miscalculation in the manufacturing process is required to decisively change the outcome of a virtual good scenario. And is also required that the automakers will provide the true data information of their design for a perfect test accuracy and trust in this direction is something hard to obtain these days.