Ground Vehicle Crash Testing


IIHS conducts vehicle crash tests for themselves at their Vehicle Research Center (VRC) to help consumers make informed decisions. Vehicles are rated for safety based on performance in several tests, and the best performers carry the TOP SAFETY PICK+ or TOP SAFETY PICK designation. IIHS tests have encouraged automakers to produce safer vehicles, which is the ultimate goal of these IIHS programs. Knowing that consumers consult the ratings before buying, manufacturers design cars and trucks with these tests in mind.

If a manufacturer has a desire to have their vehicles tested with these modes, these tests can be performed at Calspan, an award-winning independent test laboratory known for its collaboration, attention to detail and flexibility.

Calspan’s new crash test laboratory offers manufacturer’s massive photo pits to capture the most amazing, unobstructed, high speed underbody video at any North American lab today.

  • Moderate Overlap Frontal Test Protocol
  • Driver’s Side Small Overlap Test Protocol
  • Passenger’s Side Small Overlap Test Protocol
  • Side Impact Crash Test Protocol
  • Semi-Trailer Underride Test Protocol