Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it has completed construction of an indoor all-weather vehicle-to-vehicle crash test facility at the Tochigi center of Honda R & D Co., Ltd.
Honda has invested 6.8 billion yen in this facility. It is the first of its kind in the world, capable of handling not only existing crash tests that employ static barriers, but also tests between vehicles in situations that simulate actual traffic accidents.
As a leader in developing world-class safety technology that meets or exceeds current safety standards, Honda plans to use the new facility, which better reflects actual traffic accident situations, to achieve ever-higher levels of vehicle safety.
Honda has made safety a major priority not only in manufacturing its vehicles, but also in such other applications as driver education and how to minimize injuries in the event of accidents.
Honda has a long record of leadership in safety-related technology. It was the first company in Japan to introduce an anti-lock brake system and the first to provide an SRS airbag system for cars.
Overview of the New Test Facilities
- Total floor area:
- 41,000 square meters
- Building dimensions:
- North-South 272 m
- East-West 178 m
- Roof Height 15 m
- Number of test tracks:
- 8 (0º 15º 30º 45º 60º 75º 90º 180º)
- Overall track length:
- 130 m (each track)
- (Extendable to a combined maximum length of 260 m)
- Maximum hauling speed:
- 80 km/h (2 vehicles simultaneously)