How it Works
Maximum Passenger Safety
Sled tests at the DyCoT laboratory in Bezděčín help fine-tune passive safety features
KODA AUTO has used the TÜV SÜD Czech’s DyCoT (Dynamic Component Testing) laboratory, located near the carmaker’s development centre, for its technical development and testing needs since 2016. The facility of more than CZK 100 million is equipped with one of the most powerful catapults for sled testing in Europe. This testing allows the functionality of elements like seat belts, airbags, head restraints, child seats and others to be fine-tuned without destroying the car, thus keeping costs under control. This is important at a time when, on the one hand, we are improving passenger safety thanks to a number of modern features (reversible or double seat belts or central airbags etc.) and, on the other hand, new requirements need to be taken into account in testing. However, in the event of an increase in conventional crash tests, this would lead to higher costs and, ultimately, higher car prices.
How vehicle safety development is carried out
It all begins with the design, then continues with the first structural elements, which are modified based on the results of the virtual simulations, thousands of which are carried out. The results are verified by hundreds of component and sled tests and then by a few dozen crash tests. The final validation is carried out by the Traffic Safety Research team, which analyses real accidents and provides important input for the development of new models. ED