Ready for IIHS Side Impact Protocol 2.0

The United States-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced the Side Impact 2.0 testing protocol. The first tests are expected to be implemented during 2021, before the results are included as a permanent component in the evaluation of the highly prestigious Top Safety Picks from 2023 onwards.

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With the Moving Barrier IIHS 2.0, MESSRING has the perfect-fit moving barrier for the new specifications. Designed and manufactured in the usual high quality “Made in Germany” and equipped with original brakes and chassis from the USA, it is the vehicle of choice for car manufacturers and test engineers who want to test their vehicles in development under the same conditions as the IIHS.

Perfect integration into MESSRING crash environment

Operators of a MESSRING crash system can perfectly integrate the barrier into their facility and Crashsoft thanks to the integrated access point according to IEEE 802.11n standard and connection to the ProfiNet. Brake control, status of brake pressure and battery charge, barrier type and ID as well as serial number and service information can be easily retrieved and configured via the Crashsoft software.


In addition to the prescribed specifications, the MESSRING Moving Barrier IIHS 2.0 includes the following special equipment to ensure easy integration into the test setup.

  • Integrated hydropneumatic brake system for emergency braking and second impact avoidance
  • Individually calibrated center of gravity and moment of inertia
  • Mounting plates for sensors and data acquisition system
  • Hight adjustable front shield
  • Connection points for lifting devices

The new test protocol is largely the same as the previous one. The main differences in the new moving barrier are the increased mass of 1,900 kg and the associated adjustments to the chassis, brakes, and frame design. The background for the adjustments are evaluations by the IIHS, which revealed that the moving barrier used to date is no longer adequately representative for the increasing size of SUVs and heavy pick-ups on the road. With the added weight, raised speed to 60 km/h and structural redesign of the deformable honeycomb structure, a current mid-size SUV is now being mimicked.
The goal of the test update is to reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents and as a result increase road safety. MESSRING is proud to support this development by offering the Moving Barrier IIHS 2.0

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