Germany's ADAC, similar to our ANCAP crash test program and the IIHS in the US, has released a new video report of its latest crash test: the multi-car crash. The results are extremely bad, but the ADAC wants to see Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) systems fitted to trucks as a mandatory requirement. These tests prove the point.
The video report is in German, but the overall concept centres on the danger of trucks and the lack of safety features fitted to them.
The crash test involves sending a truck along at 70km/h towards the rear end of two stationary cars, a Renault Megane and a Mitsubishi Lancer wagon. The truck then collides with the rear of the cars, pushing them up into a wall.
It's horrific to see what a truck is capable of first-hand like this. The Renault caught in between gets crushed beyond recognition, while the Lancer is literally folded in half against the wall. There would have been very little chance of any survivors in either car.
Click through until 1:20 (if you don't understand German) to witness the potential.
A test video of the truck fitted with an Emergency Braking System is expected in the near future. We'll keep you updated.
In the meantime, give us your thoughts on truck safety. Should Australia be applying a similar sort of attitude to increasing safety?