Two images next to each other: on the left a top-down photo of a car crashing against a vertical pole; on the right–a 3D rendering showing the new design.

Kinetic Cockpit Design May Reduce Injuries in a Side Pole Impact

Aren Khachatryan
5 min readJun 8, 2022

A little over two years ago I published an idea for a kinetic, rotational cockpit design that strived to decrease the stress forces of a collision by converting the translational kinetic energy into rotational KE — read here.

The design and calculations from the article were reviewed by two engineers. It was also published on Linkedin and was open for discussion and critique.

Recently, it had gained some attention from various sources and received over 475k views on social media (GI Gadgets on Facebook, Yanko Design, etc.).

I will now be showing the revised version of the idea. This time, it is meant to improve side pole impact protection, while maintaining the capabilities of the original design for frontal impacts.

3D rendered animation showing a full 360º spin of the newly designed cockpit.

Before doing so, I would briefly talk about the existing problem in the auto industry and why this design matters.



Aren Khachatryan

I am a designer with scientific/engineering background. Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, but have lived all my adult life in Seattle, WA :)