A scientist at the Highway Safety Research Institute has developed a two-dimensional man-model for studying the reactions of humans in simulated vehcile crashes. Dummies have always been used in crash tests but they are not realistic enough in the their responses often differ from those of humans. The man-model can simulate real-world responses as a result of data entered after being reduced to numbers. Computer graphics affords a quick analysis of the results. The ultimate success of the model depends upon the correlation between the simulation and a real -world crash. The models have been used to evaluate safety characteristics of vehicle designs. In the design of GM's Chevette, computer modeling was used to evaluate the vehcile components in a crash. The use of these models as standard in vehicular safety design, however, is still to come.

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    Marketing Sciences, Incorporated

    965 East Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI  United States  48207
  • Publication Date: 1977-3-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 36
  • Serial:
    • Automotive News
    • Publisher: Crain Communications, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0005-1551

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00149850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM