Entry Posted February 21, 2009

The bottom of an article on the first Australian-designed car to achieve a five-star safety rating has an interesting crash timeline: 1ms “car’s door pressure sensore detects a pressure wave” ... 7ms “crash computer confirms a serious crash” ... 8ms “computer sends ‘fire’ signal to side airbag” ... 27ms “airbag starts controlled deflation” ... 50ms “crash computer unlocks car’s doors” ... 70ms “engineers classify crash as ‘complete’” ... 150–300ms “occupant becomes aware of collision.” 23:49