The unique ability to effectively absorb impacts and return to its original shape means not only a big reduction in crash damage but also a long service life while eliminating the downtime and expense of replacing damaged metal bars.
Less damage to panels in high-speed, high energy impacts, such as animal strikes, means the risk of engine immobilisation is minimal, thus reducing the risk of being stranded in remote locations.
Graham Lawrence of Transport Research Laboratories in Europe refers to SmartBar as, a great leap forward in vehicle front crash safety, it shows that Australia is capable of good lateral thinking.
The C-section Steel or C-section Aluminium used by other vehicle frontal protection system manufacturers crumples to absorb shock, which increases the risk of essential engine component damage, potentially immobilising the vehicle.
Exhaustive testing shows that SmartBar acts as both an injury-prevention cushioning device in busy pedestrian areas, as well as protecting essential engine components from high-speed, high energy animal impacts, without impairing essential airbag operation.