VIDEO from Synaptic Digital and General Motors: Chevrolet Cruze Computer Crash Simulations Improve Vehicle Safety
NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire/ — At one time, the only way to improve vehicle safety meant crash testing real cars over and over. Today, with the help of computer simulations, countless important tests can be run on a single vehicle without denting a fender. The soon to be released Chevrolet Cruze is a perfect example.
See video from General Motors at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/oneClip_C_105/?feed=3Nyc8kXARTnU7mx3GI1jm_We9fhFllqn
In fact, at Chevrolet, using a computer with the processing power of 35,000 laptops, mathematical formulas are created to represent real world scenarios. Which means over a thousand simulated tests can be performed in the time it takes to run about ten live crashes. The results enable their engineers to achieve optimum design and improve overall vehicle safety in less time and at a lower cost.
Just a few years ago, a new design like the Cruze would have required nearly one hundred live crash tests. Today computerized simulations do much of the safety testing, so only a few dozen test vehicles are used to verify what the computer designs and to make sure government safety requirements have been met.
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SOURCE Synaptic Digital; General Motors