Crash test dummies are full-scale anthropomorphic test devices (ATD) that simulate the dimensions, weight proportions and articulation of the human body, and are usually instrumented to record data about the dynamic behavior of the ATD in simulated vehicle impacts. This data can include variables such as velocity of impact, crushing force, bending, folding, or torque of the body, and deceleration rates during a collision for use in crash tests.
For the purpose of U.S. regulation and Global Technical Regulations and for clear communication in safety and seating design, dummies carry specifically designated reference points, such as the H-point; these are also used, for example, in automotive design.
Crash test dummies remain indispensable in the development of and ergonomics in all types of vehicles, from automobiles to aircraft.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a U.S. non-profit organization funded by auto insurers, established in 1959 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It works to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes, and the rate of injuries and amount of property damage in the crashes that still occur. It carries out research and produces ratings for popular passenger vehicles as well as for certain consumer products such as child car booster seats.
Challenges for you to work on…
- Crash Test Dummy Games – collection of 7 free crash test dummy games – Crash Test Launcher, Dummy Never Fails, Canoniac Launcher 2
- Dummy Never Fails Community
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – overviews of key highway safety issues, along with compilations of IIHS and HLDI research, news and legal information on each topic.