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.