Traditional dummies are used in safety crash tests simulate the average weight of an adult – 80 kg. But the US has developed new models depicting people with overweight.
In the United States will use “fat” dummies for crash tests
The leading US manufacturer of mannequins, the company Humanetics, analyzed the set of statistics on accidents and concluded that overweight people a chance to die in a crash tests by 78% higher than the average passenger. Reported channel CNN.
Therefore, the company began to develop a so-called “fat” dummies. One pattern is ready – it mimics a person weighing about 125 kg. Most likely, the manufacturer creates somewhat more complete dummies.
It is also argued that the chance of death in an accident increases with age: for example, the 50-year-old driver it is above 20%, and at 80 years – 40%. Therefore, in the USA and is working on the computer simulation of accidents that would study the information obtained in the course of which the traditional crash tests impossible. According to the head Humanetics Chris O’Connor, such a system will not only get rid of the expensive dummies, but quickly change the conditions of the test, including them in the virtual model of overweight people, the elderly or children.
CNN notes that now modern dummy crash tests, the ability to capture data from 130 channels of information, costs about 500 000 euros.