Back in 1969 travelling by car was a risky business with thousands of people suffering fatal, or life changing injuries every month across western Europe. Many saloon cars lacked things like disc brakes, decent headlights, windscreen demisters etc plus the bodyshells failed to absorb impact energy, passing on those forces to the occupants inside the cabin. Thankfully times have changed and so here is some news from Renault, who set up The LAB half a century ago;
In its 50 years of operation, the LAB has actively contributed to decreasing road fatalities. In France, the number has dropped from 16,881 in 1973 to 3,259 in 2018, representing a fivefold reduction within 45 years. The LAB is now more committed than ever to helping develop the technologies of tomorrow that will further reduce road fatalities.
The LAB, which is an EIG (economic interest grouping) and the only organization of its kind in Europe, is made up of safety experts from Groupe PSA and Groupe Renault. It participates in European studies, sharing its observations and analyses so that all stakeholders in the field of safety can factor them into their action plans.
Director Stephane Buffat commented;
We are very proud today to highlight the endeavors of the LAB and its experts who work every day to improve road safety and help save lives. Our strength lies in our 50 years of expertise based on observation, analysis and anticipation. The LAB’s work helps make it possible for the various players in the automotive industry to design the technologies of tomorrow to continually improve safety for all.