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IIHS Resumes Testing at Vehicle Research Center

Auto News - Published on Thu, 02 Jul 2020

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Employees have returned to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Vehicle Research Center on a limited basis, resuming work that had to be paused amid the Covid-19 pandemic. IIHS closed both the VRC, located in Ruckersville in Virginia and its Arlington in Virginia office in March, as the state was shutting down. Much of the Institute’s work continued, with employees working from home, but crash tests and track evaluations had to be paused. Virginia began a phased reopening in May. In addition to adhering to state guidelines, IIHS has applied supplemental criteria to ensure that the health situation in the immediate area around the VRC was improving before attempting to reopen the facility. The Arlington office remains closed.

On June 15, a skeleton crew returned to work at the VRC and that week conducted the first crash test there since March. The test involved a Chrysler Pacifica minivan striking a rigid wall at 35 mph. The demonstration will be used to update some of the Institute’s educational videos. The driver dummy and two child dummies were unbelted.

In addition to crash testing, evaluations of headlights and front crash prevention systems, both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian, have also resumed. One employee drives each car in all of those tests in order to avoid the need to sanitize it between tests.

For now, VRC employees who can telework are continuing to do so. Those needed for on-site work are split into two teams working alternating weeks.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 02 Jul 2020
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