Transport Canada Tests Conducted the Week Before Our Tests in Michigan
On February 23, Transport Canada announced that it had conducted tests of a 21 passenger MFAV / minibus and on its website it included links to video taken at the unidentified test site, sometime the previous week. Click to see Transport Canada's 21 Passenger MFAV/Minibus Test Video
We don't know where or when the tests took place but in comparison to our videos, which were professionally shot by an experienced filmmaker, we're left scratching our heads at the quality of the video.
Click on the following link Transport Canada's 21 Passenger MFAV/Minibus Test Video to watch the Transport Canada video then come back and watch our tests which were filmmed on February 24, 2010 at Continental Tires' testing facility in Grimely, Michigan!
Our Professionally Shot Video at Continental Tire Test Facility in Grimley, Michigan, February 24, 2010
Click here for URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De0Uo6pvttE to video on YouTube
MFAV/mini-bus in accident avoidance test makes a smooth pass by the obstacle in the road at 65 km/h. It has winter tires on all axles.
MFAV/mini-bus with mixed fitment of winter tires rear and all-season front approaches at 60 km/h. Barrier has been placed where it stopped when equipped with winter tires on all axles. It was unable to stop and hits the barrier. It takes another 11 metres to stop.
Isabelle Hains, Ana Acevedo and Marcella Kelly (from left) watch as the MFAV/mini-bus crashes through a barrier set up where it stopped on winter tires. This time it was on a mixed fitment of winter tires rear and all-season tires front as favoured by the New Brunswick government. Speed was 60 km/h and the MFAV/mini-bus took 11 metres longer to stop.
MFAV/mini-bus attempts the accident avoidance exercise at 65 km/h with the mixed tire fitment of winter tires on rear and all-season tires on the front. It did this exercise cleanly with winter tires on all axles however it cannot make the brake and avoid cleanly with this setup favoured by the New Brunswick government. In real life, this may be a head-on collision or best case a serious side-swipe collision.