Yes, the Volvo Moose Strike Test is Real

Moose (Meese?) aren’t the only large animals out there, but they’re the biggest things the Swedes are likely to find in their headlights out on a dark, deserted road. As such, there has been a lot of emphasis placed on high-speed lane change tests and large animal detection software. If that wasn’t enough, there have also been rumors of a life-sized crash test moose floating around for years. Now we know: it’s real.

Car and Driver published an article earlier this week that not only confirms the existence of the test– but also that Volvo still seems to be putting its cars through it!

(The Moose Strike Test is) conducted by Volvo to improve the real-world safety of those vehicles whose drivers aren’t lucky enough to avoid an ungulate impact. This one uses a 790-pound moose surrogate made from a stack of 114 rubber discs, which mimic the density of a moose and are strung together with steel parts and wire. When struck by a Volvo traveling between 43 and 56 mph, this pseudo-moose will hit the windshield first, then roll up and over the roof in a fraction of a second, annihilating everything it touches along the way.

You can read more about the history of Volvo’s moose testing habits by heading over to Car and Driver and reading the original article. If all you want to do is watch a car smack into a 790 lb. moose dummy, though, I’ve got you covered. Check out the video, below. Enjoy!


Volvo Moose Strike Test | Video

Source | Images: Car and Driver.

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