Ford Motor Company continues to show commitment to driving safety by increasing its investment in computing technology by 50%. With the ability to pair virtual crash tests with their full-crash counterparts, Ford is able to both compile and decipher more data in a quicker period of time. Ford’s Dearborn (Michigan) facility, which recently conduced its 20,000th full-vehicle crash test, is but one facility that has benefitted from the increased computer technology (to the tune of over 2 million virtual tests globally over the past decade).
No matter the model or location-specific regulations, Ford’s computing systems allow researchers to run large numbers of virtual tests prior to conducting full-blown, time consuming crash tests. Furthermore, the level of detail in testing has increased dramatically for front, side, and rear impact tests, roof strength tests, and safety system checks. Less that five years ago, Ford was only able to run simulations capable of testing only half-a-million elements, but today’s computing power now allows for four times that amount.
“Today’s vehicles come in a greater variety of body styles, and have more technology and driver-assist features – and many countries have unique regulations,” says Ford’s Global Director Steve Kenner in an official release on Ford.com. “We are able to manage this workload efficiently thanks to our significant investment in technology and the hard work of our teams,” Over 500 engineers worldwide address such variances in vehicle design and safety.
Ford Motor Company has come a long way since its first safety tests in 1954, and the company continues to exceed driver-safety standards around the world.