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Vehicle Crash Fatalities (02:04)


Around the world each year, over 1 million people die on the roads. Innovations from medicine, engineering, and sports may make car crashes things of the past.

Car Crash Preparation (04:28)

Researchers at the Volvo Crash Center prepare a car crash that will tell them a lot about what happens to the cars and to the people in them. Cameras will record everything that happens from every angle.

Stages of a Car Crash (05:58)

Car crashes occur in three stages: 1) initial impact; 2) bodies collide with the car interior; and 3) internal organs collide with each other. Crash tests have improved car safety for the first two stages, but the third remains a deadly problem.

Live Crash Test Dummies (05:53)

During the 3rd stage of a car crash, the brain is usually injured; the brain is difficult to treat. How many G-forces can a brain endure? A research team studies the forces delivered to football players.

Advanced Tele-Medicine (04:57)

Fast diagnosis and treatment are essential to treating head trauma. A remote specialist communicates directly with the trauma team via robot and makes rapid a diagnosis.

Car Safety for Children (02:39)

Children in car crashes frequently die of abdominal injury caused by seat restraints. Technological advances in child-sized crash dummies will guide engineers to new designs.

Car Safety for Adults (02:27)

Scientists create a whole new breed of crash test dummy. Doctors can determine the maximum forces that every part of the human body can withstand.

Ground-Breaking Safety Project (03:45)

Cars of the future will alert emergency services in case of a crash. The car will transmit detailed information about the crash forces experienced by passengers. Medics arrive on the scene knowing what they will face.

Vehicle Damage and Occupant Injury (03:24)

A team made up of a surgeon and a vehicle crash investigator examine a BMW's damage to test an emergency algorithm designed to predict levels of injury to the occupants.

Human Factor in Vehicle Crashes (04:44)

Safety research scrutinizes how the human mind works relative to vehicle crashes. Are instinctive evolutionary responses to danger making humans more vulnerable in crashes? Engineers work on counter measures to the human startle response.

Cognitive Stress and Driving Performance (06:15)

At MIT, scientists research people's driving abilities. What do occupants bring to the driving experience? Is cognitive stress affecting driver abilities? Research studies look for the answers.

Driver Technology and Driver Safety (03:12)

Technological developments in vehicle safety include driver feedback capabilities, windscreen to provide "super-vision," "smart" cars that respond to counteract driver responses.

A World Without Fatal Crashes (01:29)

Technological and engineering advances in car and driver safety may create a world where fatal crashes are non-existent.

Credits: "Surviving a Car Crash" (00:44)

Credits: "Surviving a Car Crash"

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For every new car built this year, another will be involved in a collision, and more than a million people around the world will die as a result. This program vividly demonstrates what happens to the car and the passengers during a crash; using high-speed cameras that capture crash sequences, it shows the three stages of impact and the resulting injuries. The video then introduces a group of researchers who are looking to the fields of engineering, anatomy, psychology, and sports medicine to develop technologies that will increase the chances of surviving an accident. Cars that correct for driver stress, a black box that predicts post-crash injuries and alerts surgeons to plan a targeted response, air bags that deploy medication to reduce brain trauma, and a prototype windscreen that augments human vision are among the innovations profiled. A BBC Production. (52 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL43945

ISBN: 978-1-61733-808-3

Copyright date: ©2011

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