What the crash computer saw  FEB 24 2009

In a car crash involving a modern vehicle, everything happens before the occupant is even aware of the collision.

1 ms - The car's door pressure sensor detects a pressure wave.

5 ms - Car's crash computer checks for insignificant crash events, such as a shopping trolley impact or incidental contact. It is still working out the severity of the crash. Door intrusion structure begins to absorb energy.

20 ms - Door and B-pillar begin to push on front seat. Airbag begins to push occupant's chest away from the impact.

70 ms - Airbag continues to deflate. Occupant moves back towards middle of car.

Engineers classify crash as "complete".

150-300 ms - Occupant becomes aware of collision.

(via gulfstream)

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