Motor Vehicle Research was the brainchild of Dean Fales at MIT and A.J. White. The organization implemented several improvements and also pioneered the remote control of automobiles for the purpose of examining the nature of crash damage to both the vehicle and human occupants. MVR developed a safer baby seat; reinforced automobile roofs and doors. They advocated safety belts more than a decade before such belts were used in most U.S. cars. MVR developed the padded dash and recessed knobs on the dashboard. They understood the value of rubber encased windshields that popped out on impact and breakaway steering posts that wouldn't spear the brain of the driver. Seats needed to be better find or braced within the car. These researchers also understood the value of a car stripped of chrome accessories, like hood ornaments.
Using cameras and dummies, plenty of crash assessment was done. Among the conclusions was that car parts absorbed much of the energy at impact, a concept key to the safety of automobiles today.
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