Video: The evolution of General Motors’ crash test dummies

You gotta love those crash test dummies. Not only do they play an integral part in ensuring that the vehicles we drive are up to par with today’s safety standards, but contrary to what the name suggests, these crash test dummies are anything but stupid.

General Motors has a bunch of these state-of-the-art proxy humans in their Anthropomorphic Test Device Laboratory, and as they so generously show us in this latest VoltAge video, modern crash test dummies now come with their own recording device that is about the size of a cellphone. What this does is removes the burdensome old practice of having these devices put on the test car’s exterior, resulting in a complicated wiring system.

Apart from that, these modern test dummies are also more sensitive to their predecessors, which is a good thing because it allows company’s like GM to gather more pertinent data that could end up being used to determine a vehicle’s safety standards.


Source: VoltAge

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  (402) posted on 02.20.2011

Dear H50-1, I hope you enjoy your new home and take advantage of the quieter times at the museum.

  (518) posted on 04.12.2010

I agree, dummies should be updated yearly to ensure the accurate result of an impact of a crash.

  (798) posted on 04.12.2010

Crash test dummies should be enhanced too to make the cars more safer and better.

  (1022) posted on 04.12.2010

I agree dummies are getting smarter and smarter, and it’s a very helpful to ensure the safety of the person inside a car during crash.

  (1332) posted on 04.11.2010

The dummies is a big help in terms of safety issue of a car. With this we, auto makers can determine where is the weakest link or part of their new car.

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