Cyclops Shield

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Safe Direction’s CyclopsShield® safe culvert end has been developed to address the long-standing safety problem of roadside culvert end impacts.

A vehicle entering a roadside ditch will encounter parallel drainage culverts under crossroads or driveways. The general effect following an unprotected culvert end snag will be a high severity impact on the culvert end, often followed by the catastrophic flipping of the vehicle.

Crash impact severity is significantly reduced through creating a deformable culvert safety end that provides a traversable surface and eliminates vehicle snagging hazards. A vehicle impact at speeds up to 100 km/h with the CyclopsShield® safe culvert end can override the culvert, saving the occupants from what would otherwise likely be a fatal incident.

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Approximately 55% of vehicle crashes leading to death and serious injury are the result of run-off road incidents.

Run-off road crashes generally end with the impact of a roadside hazard. As culvert ends under driveways or intersecting roads are located very close to the edge of the roads, they are a common hazard that features in high severity impacts.

It is anticipated that there are approximately 38 fatal crashes and over 380 serious crash incidents involving culvert end snags in Australia each year.

Although solutions have been developed to prevent wheel snag, they have typically been ineffective, relatively expensive and often interfered with culvert drainage.

The CyclopsShield® culvert safety end has been tested to MASH test Level 2 and MASH Test Level 3 for the critical vehicle (1100kg sedan). The CyclopsShield® culvert safety end performed predictably and within the preferred limits for occupant velocities and accelerations. The test vehicles’ steering and suspension remained operational following the impacts.