Tokyo, March 27, 2000 - 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.
The facility has a total floor area of 41,000 square meters and a total of eight test tracks that
are constructed in a radial shape. Together, the tracks permit the reproduction of crashes from
almost any direction at 15-degree increments. The facility also is capable of testing crashes
between two cars traveling at different speeds, as well as crash tests involving different sizes of
vehicles such as a passenger car and a truck. In addition, simulated automobile and pedestrian
accidents can be conducted as part of a wide-ranging crash situation analysis system. The
indoor facilities will allow testing regardless of the weather, thereby helping shorten research
and development times.
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
Overview of the New Test Facilities
|Total floor area:
||41,000 square meters
||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)