Child Models Added to Toyota Crash Tests

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Not all Crash Test Dummies are the Same

Toyota recently released three new models of it’s Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS), or better known as crash test dummy software. The THUMS software is what is used to judge and determine what happens to the human body after an accident. By adding 3 new models, ranging in sizes, this allows the car company to understand the safety of more age groups. 

The new THUMS models represent children ages three, six and ten to judge what happens to children during an accident. They will come in two different versions though, one being a passenger in a vehicle and another as a pedestrian.

Since THUMS was launched back in 2000, they have added new features rather frequently. Here is a time line of events:

2000: THUMS was launched

2003: Faces and bone structure were added

2008: Brain simulation

2010: Detailed modeling of the brain and added internal organs

2015: Added simulated musculature, which allows the dummy to brace like a human may do during an accident.

2016: Child models

The new models were developed between Wayne State University and the Collaborative Safety Research Center, both located in Michigan. THUMS will contribute to research on safety technologies and will help not only Toyota but other companies all over the world to make driving a better and safer experience. 

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