Tom Scott

The collapsible crash-test robot car

The Global Vehicle Target is the new standard for testing autonomous driving and crash test systems. To cameras and radar, it looks like a car: but if you hit it, it’ll fly apart. So if your emergency braking doesn’t quite work… well, this is what happens.

Thanks to everyone at Thatcham Research! You can find out more about them at and about the target at

Filmed by Tomek:
Edited by Michelle Martin, @mrsmmartin
Post Audio by Emi Paternostro:

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