The Collapsible Crash Test Robot Car

  • Published on Sep 10, 2018
  • The Global Vehicle Target is the new standard for testing autonomous driving and crash test systems. To cameras and radar, it looks like a car: but if you hit it, it'll fly apart. So if your emergency braking doesn't quite work... well, this is what happens.
    Thanks to everyone at Thatcham Research! You can find out more about them at and about the target at
    Filmed by Tomek:
    Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin
    Post Audio by Emi Paternostro:
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Comments • 744

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  8 months ago +806

    This was a lot of fun to film! Thanks to all the team: pull down the description for more about them.

    • T Duke Perry
      T Duke Perry 7 months ago

      +Awesome Aasim It's not used in lieu of crash tests - in fact it can't be used for crash tests! It's used for crash AVOIDANCE systems. No one would be stupid enough to use this thing for crash tests.

    • Awesome Aasim
      Awesome Aasim 7 months ago

      Watch as IIHS and NHTSA uses this instead of actual crash tests.

    • T Duke Perry
      T Duke Perry 8 months ago

      What you need for your motorcycle is that foam model so you could wear it as a cape! It'll be strapped to the top of your head like one of those umbrella hats.
      No but genuinely, these things are also looking out for pedestrians. I think a pedestrian clinging to a moving hunk of metal would be recognized just as easily.

    • T Duke Perry
      T Duke Perry 8 months ago

      I'm surprised you were so nervous. It was a foam model! I mean, if you did actually hit it at high speed, the car would go right through, so who cares!?

    • leftbak
      leftbak 8 months ago

      Tim Coggins looks like Upper Heyford Airfield

  • PersianinSweden
    PersianinSweden 11 days ago

    Wait why do you have to have radar reflective material. If there is a sudden obstruction on the road like maybe falling debris or the car car goes of road it won't stop?

  • Ryan Doyle
    Ryan Doyle 13 days ago

    From 2:29 to 2:32, if you pay attention to the wheel in frame, it appears as though the scene has a whole bunch of jump-cuts, even though it's clearly one continuous shot. Does anyone know what is happening here?

  • galacticito ack
    galacticito ack 20 days ago

    why does the car need to identify that its a vehicle?

  • Mr Alex
    Mr Alex 26 days ago

    Now redo the test at 120 mph?

  • Turtlez R da best
    Turtlez R da best 28 days ago

    Ok ya sure I’ll just drive 35mph on the highway which is 60mph and just get honked at

  • Memer Ti
    Memer Ti 29 days ago +1

    A TVclip video from ¨Drive on the wrong side land¨ again xD

  • colbyhowto
    colbyhowto Month ago

    I got an ad for Siemens PLM

  • The Feeling Is Mutual

    I'd be really wanting to just sit a chair on the platform and drive around. I know, I'm a child.

  • 14725800369
    14725800369 Month ago

    Stupid that they take into NCAP and they Sant to make it mandatory. Over time, cheap affordable cars become more and more expensive and complicated for something I don't need if I am aware of the physics of a Car and people who don't know have to learn instead of creating a bubble around them.

  • TheVoid
    TheVoid Month ago

    The car they crash into all day long has a german license plate. :D

  • CIA
    CIA Month ago

    Could you have to robot car platform drive at a steady spread and try and park a car on it while it's driving

  • Nobzu
    Nobzu Month ago +1

    Basic volvo. always hit the car or human in front of you :) 3:56

  • Michał Kazimierczak

    It only works with cars? I can still hit the wall?

  • Go Clunker
    Go Clunker Month ago

    Where can I buy a 2019 Inflatable Fiesta ST?

  • Fat Pigeon
    Fat Pigeon Month ago +1

    Notce how the seat belts automatically tighten at 3:55...

    • Fat Pigeon
      Fat Pigeon Month ago

      +Matthew M no, sorry, not seat belt pretensioners, but the fact that they get the occupant into the correct position pre-crash, if you get what I'm saying

    • Matthew M
      Matthew M Month ago +1

      Introduced in 1981 by Mercedes Benz and became standard in the 1990s.

  • Isaacs Random Videos
    Isaacs Random Videos Month ago +1

    0:52 I’d love to sit on the bear metal plate at 70mph

  • FW911
    FW911 Month ago

    Europe: lane assists, adaptive cruise control, blind spot indicators, alley cameras, proximity detectors, back-up cameras, and emergency braking are required by law in accordance with the European Transportation Safety Council for modern cars
    America: We just call those "extra features."

  • Cody Nemo
    Cody Nemo Month ago

    Tom... What the everloving frick is going on at 2:30 with the wheel?
    The inner part of the rim is seemingly just stuttering a bit but the outer part seems to lock up.
    The inner bit looks like a rotor almost synching up with shutter speed, but.... shouldn't the outer part be connected to that!?
    What is going on?

    I mean i guess it has something to do with the inner part having a different number of distinct features, so each time we see an outer rim spoke pointed directly at the camera, you'd see the inner bolts and nuts holding the wheel in place in a slightly different position.
    But that doesn't really explain why the outer rim part, the spokes, seem to perfectly synch up and then be at a different position for another few split seconds, again perfectly synched up.

  • Cody Nemo
    Cody Nemo Month ago

    2:32 ....Bangarang?

  • Cody Nemo
    Cody Nemo Month ago

    Could they not have done it so that the foam car doesn't fly apart into a billion pieces, but just a couple instead? Maybe the individual pieces could be collapsible too so it only stays upright if all pieces are there, so it's easier to transport? The effort of gathering that all up and putting it all together is reeeeally dumb.

  • Alex Ross
    Alex Ross Month ago

    I dont think the little warning chime is effective enough, it needs to be a sharp beeping/keening type noise

  • Jack Hubley
    Jack Hubley Month ago

    So the computer can get the car stopped at 32mph but can't handle any faster?

    • Mazokki
      Mazokki Month ago

      It can. But they dont want to make it too sensitive because then it would start giving false positives, which would then annoy the drivers and they would turn the system off. They kinda have to make compromises between safety and driveability.

  • Riesenfriese
    Riesenfriese Month ago

    2:32 that sound is way too nice. It sounds like you got a message on your phone, not like your car is about to slam on the breaks.

  • leepinlepin wingadingdong

    I can see in the future cars coming out with built in doppler radar that can warn you if you are approcing a twisting/dangerous storm and recomending you to take a evasive action by showing you the safest road to escape the storm....or to direct you to a nearby shelter.

  • JessicaFEREM
    JessicaFEREM Month ago +1

    Bro that base would be an amazing thing, it could be a magic carpet

  • MushroomSouprise
    MushroomSouprise Month ago

    Probably costs 4x as much

  • Tera Terabit
    Tera Terabit Month ago

    but... shouldn't the vehicle stop regardless if the object infront is a car? Would it want to go straight through a wall or a crowd of people?

  • Richard Pike
    Richard Pike Month ago

    The way the car explodes into pieces is almost comical-looking

  • Jack Box
    Jack Box Month ago

    They need to test for motorcycles too

  • Nicholas R.M.
    Nicholas R.M. Month ago

    Nice Colin Furze hairstyle!

  • bot. koalay
    bot. koalay Month ago

    Anyone else want to remove the car and paint the metal sheet red and roleplay as Aladdin cause I do

  • Slikx666
    Slikx666 2 months ago

    Now I want to see how the base of the car is made and built.

  • Quentin Summers
    Quentin Summers 2 months ago

    3:22 thats cause there are no f-ing speed limits on motorways.

  • MrBLARG85
    MrBLARG85 4 months ago

    .. and THIS is your brain on drugs.

  • TheXug
    TheXug 4 months ago

    Hey buddy ur hairs a bit off

  • Skrivbordslampan
    Skrivbordslampan 4 months ago

    that's one shitty german car

  • Jizzy Dipper
    Jizzy Dipper 4 months ago

    2:29 the wheel - is this some sort of key-frame anomaly/rolling shutter correction in post or something going on with the camera sensor? weird

  • Doktor Kolossos
    Doktor Kolossos 4 months ago

    Have you noticed that the license plate reads "WOB", which stands for Wolfsburg (in Lower Saxony), but the seal is Bavarian? What's up with that?

  • Ender Shard
    Ender Shard 5 months ago

    I wanna go in it then have it driven

  • RogerWilco
    RogerWilco 6 months ago

    This is brilliant.

    MATAM 6 months ago

    WOB on licence plate = Wolfsburg, Germany

  • Thomas Busse
    Thomas Busse 6 months ago

    Sounds like a great way to assasinate people by hacking their car...oh wait, Michael hastings...

  • vulduv
    vulduv 7 months ago

    damnit volvo. 10 milliseconds late on the brakes! :P

  • jarry plundermen
    jarry plundermen 7 months ago

    Im from Germany and i can aproove

  • Male Sylveon
    Male Sylveon 7 months ago

    Why do you use MPH primarily instead of km/h? Use metric and/or SI units please. You can subtitle the MPH for the small remainder of the world that still uses the imperial system.

  • Myrmidon
    Myrmidon 7 months ago

    While the radar reflective foam is interesting I'm most fascinated by that little platform. It's almost flat but can travel at highway speeds and endure being constantly run over.

  • Ian dlV
    Ian dlV 8 months ago

    Another great video Tom but you could have done so much more at this fascinating facility.

  • Frits Spits
    Frits Spits 8 months ago

    As a biker, do they also test detection of motorcycles? I don't want the roads to be full of people trusting their car to prevent a collision and thus not paying attention to me. Nowadays I get overlooked/ignored on a regular basis already!

  • Matthew Eargle - AirborneSurfer

    That's actually a really clever idea!

  • Erik Lindgren
    Erik Lindgren 8 months ago

    the real question is , can you put a chair on the platform and drive around using a controller? imagine a lawnchair driving past you on the highway

  • Alex Landherr
    Alex Landherr 8 months ago

    That platform would be perfect in Robot Wars.

  • ShellShock794
    ShellShock794 8 months ago

    This video is really well done and put together but this company seems like they're full of crap.
    We don't see the target move and there is no way those velcroed pieces hold together while in motion, the car clearly fails the 40mph test, having a deliberately delayed/harsh brake is a fantastic way to give the driver no time to react and get rear ended.
    Nobody wants to admit it but automated cars are ridiculous and impractical. Not to mention no one wants them.

    • lewis waugh
      lewis waugh 7 months ago +1

      The platform has been in production for years and is used by the majority of OEMs and test centres around the world. Check out AB Dynamics TVclip page for loads of videos on it.

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      They were just saying the platform can move, but the tests they are going to do are not for 1-2 years yet and there test car, the volvo does not have the software to do it yet.. It's more of a soon ™ kind of thing.
      They were just showing they have made the destructible car thing that mimics a real car so they can test the new types of systems that are been developed and with it. it's quick and easy and cheap to do test after test.
      I don't think you understand how strong Quality industrial velcro is, More than enough to hold the car on the platform at 50mph
      As for the failed at 40mph, It's not meant to totally stop the car from hitting in any situation, hitting at 10mph is better than not having the system at all and hitting at 40mph.
      The test shown has nothing to do with automated cars and has to do with cruise control systems which have been a thing in cars since 1958
      Also i would love an automated car.

    • lewis waugh
      lewis waugh 8 months ago

      The platform will actually carry the softcar body on top up to 100kph. Search youtube for AB dynamics gst for proof ;-)

  • Username
    Username 8 months ago

    It failed at 40 mph? My Acura RDX Advanced does a better job than that...

  • Username
    Username 8 months ago

    Except it doesn't need to look just like a car. It also needs to test things that look like a motorcycle, or a bicycle, or a pedestrian, etc.

  • Superphilipp
    Superphilipp 8 months ago

    Why does it have a Wolfsburg registration?

  • Blasting Kyogre
    Blasting Kyogre 8 months ago

    0:35 did anyone else panic for no reason?

  • Mathieu Clement
    Mathieu Clement 8 months ago

    Except there are also motorbikes and bicycles on the road

  • Víktor Bautista i Roca

    Mph? Really? What about good old standard km/h

  • Lifes To Hack
    Lifes To Hack 8 months ago

    What happens if you are travelling at 220km per hour as the drivers in German Autobahn usually do? At 40 it hit the dummy, that means at higher speed it doesn't work?

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      Its not made to fix all problems, Most crashes are at less than 100kph were this system would help or avoid.

  • Marmite .
    Marmite . 8 months ago

    Clever! Good invention!

  • Jontheawsome92
    Jontheawsome92 8 months ago


  • Skruttlund von Mögel
    Skruttlund von Mögel 8 months ago

    Where is that video you did with nerdcubed

  • billyyank
    billyyank 8 months ago

    I'm actually surprised that the experiment was not measured with metric units. Everything was in mph.

  • Trevor Burford-Reade
    Trevor Burford-Reade 8 months ago

    Tom - I've watched many of your videos. it seems to me you're the 21st century James Burke.

  • Roman
    Roman 8 months ago

    Silly Tom, you're in the driver's seat, not the passenger

  • ian8354
    ian8354 8 months ago

    I want one of them foam cars! Build a wood under chassis with a push bike incorporated....
    cars would give me room then as i pedal along, whilst they overtake me......

  • Michael
    Michael 8 months ago

    Wanted to see one of them foam cars get hit.

    Got my wish.

  • Jesus Portillo
    Jesus Portillo 8 months ago

    But it crashed though

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      It hit at like 5-10 mph which is much better than hitting at the full 40mph... thats what its ment to do.

  • Dr Phil
    Dr Phil 8 months ago +1

    1v1 wwe 2k15 hell in cell PS4 plez

  • david13579naranja
    david13579naranja 8 months ago

    My car's cruise control shuts off if it goes below 29 mph. Doesnt really matter since I never use cruise control anyway. It is not a comfortable feeling (especially for my foot) having the car accelerate itself.

    • MayContainJoe
      MayContainJoe 2 months ago

      I don't like using cruise control - adaptive or not. And I don't like automatic transmissions either. Having my foot lose the direct connection with the vehicle makes me immediately uncomfortable as well. The safety assistant in my brain detects something going wrong with the car when it accelerates on its own and the brake reflex appears.
      Though I'm totally happy with all kinds of emergency assistants correcting for human mistakes. But all these "convenience features" replacing proper driving skills? Not for me.

  • geekskates
    geekskates 8 months ago

    As a motorcyclist, this tech and the developing driver reliance upon it scares me. You wouldn't consider the second test that impacted the stationery vehicle to have worked if you were on a bike. People are already far too complacent when driving, checking their phones and not taking it seriously, believing an airbag will save them if it all goes pear shaped. Get rid of it all and provide good driver training and a Tullock spike in every vehicle.

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      Its not a driver reliance system. Its a system that makes using cruise control safer. Normal CC systems will just drive right in the back if the driver is not paying attention, were as this system will make CC safer by slowing or stopping you totaly. Most people dont use CC so makes no differance.

  • T4iga
    T4iga 8 months ago

    This is very importnat moving forward and very interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing, Tom.

  • épinards & caramel
    épinards & caramel 8 months ago

    That looks fun :)
    (if you could include speeds in km/h as well that would be perfect)

  • Klaus Gartenstiel
    Klaus Gartenstiel 8 months ago

    sign it up for the next spy movie.

  • Jake Terrell
    Jake Terrell 8 months ago

    I feel like this video was cut short. I doubt you went all the way out there to do two brake tests...where is the rest?

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      Maybe they were there all day doing the same 2 tests over and over with different groups of people

  • Sujay Patel
    Sujay Patel 8 months ago

    This was filmed in the town I live in, crazy

  • Isaac Walker
    Isaac Walker 8 months ago +3

    Or, hear me out, we could just drive cars and while *gasp* paying attention to the road and traffic somehow not colliding by using these revolutionary inventions called a "Brake Pedal". technology is going too far

    • iamthinking2202 _
      iamthinking2202 _ 8 months ago +1

      Mm, and why not remove airbags too - their bad if they didn't react fast enough /s

  • JonnTheOne
    JonnTheOne 8 months ago

    "Brake late because otherwise it will just annoy the drivers". What about countries up here in the north that occasionally have snow or ice on the road. I hope they put that up for a discussion, cause these break tests would have ended badly on slightly worse road conditions than we saw here.

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      You would not normaly be sat with CC on when its snowing would you?

  • Rob Jeffrey
    Rob Jeffrey 8 months ago

    Shame we didn't get to see the robot platform on the move

  • Liam Waldie
    Liam Waldie 8 months ago

    This wasn't wasn't on my subscription feed. Grrr

  • RPNScott
    RPNScott 8 months ago

    I know teslas have a mechanism for seeing two cars ahead by bouncing radar under the car in front of you. Wouldn't having the test target on a base with so little ground clearance give inaccurate readings with a system that expects a gap at road level?

    • lewis waugh
      lewis waugh 8 months ago

      The base is only 100mm high and the target has radar absorbing lower edges which offers minimal radar reflection, although I've not come across a sensor that looks under cars for further traffic.

  • Joel Getz
    Joel Getz 8 months ago

    I may have enjoyed that car getting hit a little too much.

  • Harriet de Kok
    Harriet de Kok 8 months ago

    Aw I wanted Tom to be in the driving car when they smashed into the dummy car

  • dangerousmythbuster
    dangerousmythbuster 8 months ago +1

    I want to see it try emergency braking at 80MPH.

  • Yukuru Wusky
    Yukuru Wusky 8 months ago

    I'd love to see more of self driving action. is there test footage?

  • ROVER25X
    ROVER25X 8 months ago

    I recognise the older Thatcham guy.

  • whydoievenbothertoputthishere

    What a gizmo...

  • Michael Glass
    Michael Glass 8 months ago

    Did the Hazard lights automatically come on when the car was rear ended?

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      Almost all cars with flash hazards light if you slam on your brakes now to warn the people behind.

  • Joe Brown
    Joe Brown 8 months ago

    There's an interesting shutter sync artefact at 2:29. Every five frames the alloy wheel "spokes" (which are otherwise in sync with the frame rate) jump, suggesting there's a slightly longer or shorter interval after every fifth frame, than otherwise. What camera was used for that segment?

  • Nighthawk
    Nighthawk 8 months ago

    what happens if you're going down the country road at 70mph, with no human seen in miles, and suddenly there's a car broken down in the literal middle of the road.....?
    your feet at tired, you can't respond in time, much less at that speed.
    bam! I just broke your system.

    .....and, the car, and, the driver, if that was a real situation.

  • Doc Holliday
    Doc Holliday 8 months ago +3

    I don't know why one would ever use cruise control around other cars. I only ever use cruise control on long stretches of mostly empty road.

  • azalru
    azalru 8 months ago

    Tesla autopilot is so much better than volvos.

    • Tappits84
      Tappits84 7 months ago

      Thats cool because volvo does not have an autopilot system.

  • Falc1NL
    Falc1NL 8 months ago +1

    Imagine the people setting the car back together as if its an Ikea thing, and then they have two parts still laying around when its done.

  • David Buschhorn
    David Buschhorn 8 months ago

    I used to drive a delivery truck on Fridays. It was about 700 miles of almost all highway driving. It was incredible what your brain wouldn't let you see! There'd be stopped traffic on the freeway and you would almost never be aware of it until it was really close. Like the distance where you realize you need to change lanes to get around a slower car.
    One stopped car in the middle of the road and cars would only hit their brakes at the last second. After that, the huge crash caught other driver's eyes and they'd slow down in time, but until then, that car in the middle of the road was definitely going to get hit. :-(

  • Michael K
    Michael K 8 months ago

    What happens with such braking assistants if friction is worse due to rain, gravel etc.? The braking distance can easily be twice as high.

    • Oskar Skog
      Oskar Skog 8 months ago

      You don't. You can measure the friction when the wheel start locking or spinning, which may have happened already. Otherwise, you estimate the friction.

    • Michael K
      Michael K 8 months ago

      Oskar Skog How do you measure friction without applying a force i.e. accelerating (either positive or negative acceleration)?

    • Oskar Skog
      Oskar Skog 8 months ago

      They have to take measurements long before they even warn the driver.

    • Michael K
      Michael K 8 months ago

      Rob Fraser But how would they know about the friction before the brakes are applied? Or is the short brake pulse to wake up the driver used to get an estimate?

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser 8 months ago

      The onboard computers do some maths and compensate...

  • Scott Cariss
    Scott Cariss 8 months ago

    Which car disables adaptive cruise control at 20mph or under? Would want to "steer clear" of that car when coming to buy my next car. The next car I want, I want it to come with ACC and an automatic gearbox that can ACC to a standstill to help in stop-start traffic.

    • Oskar Skog
      Oskar Skog 8 months ago

      Or maybe you could learn to drive instead?

  • Arnold vd M
    Arnold vd M 8 months ago

    Does anybody understand why the license plate is: WOB ZK 295 ?

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser 8 months ago

      Because that is the plate they chose...

  • etbadaboum
    etbadaboum 8 months ago +1

    The flying carpet is real! Want. ...Tesla? Please!

  • enoughofyourkoicarp
    enoughofyourkoicarp 8 months ago

    Bowling with cars, the inexpensive version.