The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States, an influential industry-funded group which looks that automakers build safer cars, has just opened a $30 million expansion of its auto test centre.
The massive-looking facility is located about 100 miles from Washington, D.C., it has a 115-foot-high covered five-acre test track of around 700 feet long and 300 feet wide and it also displays one of the largest fabric covered structures in the U.S.
On Friday, hundreds of guests at the event watched the crash test of one of the new pickups the institute is testing, a 2016 Ram truck.
Because the group is renowned for its vehicle crash-test ratings, which have always influenced consumers, automakers are always trying to get Top Safety Pick ratings from the group and often recur to advertising the good ratings if received.
Adrian Lund, the president of IIHS, stated that “Now we’re entering an exciting new phase focused on technology that can prevent crashes from occurring in the first place. With the expanded facility, IIHS can more quickly evaluate new features that promise to move us closer to the goal of zero crash deaths and injuries.”
The group has also said that it is looking at future ratings concerning headlights, including those that swivel in response to steering, in order to establish how well they alert drivers to pedestrians. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the U.S. has also developed robotic equipment in order to simulate real-life potential crashes for safe and accurate testing.