Built Big to Test Big

Orange semi truck crashes into CAPE's barrier block during a commercial trucking test.We built the biggest barrier block in the world to put some of the world’s biggest vehicles to the test. At CAPE, we’re experts when it comes to crash testing large commercial trucks. Our findings have led to significant advancements in safety for the industry and the men and women who drive it forward.

Trailer under-ride, oblique and offset tests, and vehicle to vehicle crashes are just some of the tests we perform with our barrier wall.

One of a Kind Testing

A fire truck cab mid-roll on CAPE's dynamic rollover impact machine.

At CAPE’s modern, state-of-the-art facility, we also constructed a 90-degree dynamic rollover impact machine to better understand how injuries occur to truck drivers in a rollover. Our findings led to IMMI’s development of RollTek, the first side-roll protection system for commercial vehicles.

CAPE’s unique rollover machine has been validated through the rolling of a full vehicle, which offers real world crash sensor data. Our machine captures occupant restraint and product performance in a rollover, and is built to accommodate large vehicle cabs. It can also be adjusted to various roll conditions.

Our sled tests can act as an intermediate step to testing full vehicles. With both forward and reverse-firing sleds to choose from (Servo Sled, Bending Bar Sled, and Hydraulic), clients can test the cab without crashing the whole truck. Sled testing can be a very efficient, repeatable, and less resource intensive tool in performing the evaluations you need.

And here’s a look at remote controlled tractor trailer rollover we performed on location.