The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has started work on determining the dynamic characteristics of an average woman. These will be used in developing the first crash test dummy in the world that is based on an average woman. Existing dummies have been developed with reference to an average male.
The fact that there is no model of an average woman at present may impose limitations on how well existing crash test dummies can evaluate the protection provided by different traffic safety solutions developed for women.
- A crash test dummy that represents an average woman can for the first time enable the automotive industry to design traffic safety solutions for both average men and women. With a dummy that represents the part of the population that sustains the most injury, we will have a measuring tool that makes it possible to evaluate the effect of different protective systems and to develop vehicle safety systems for rear end collisions that are designed for both men and women, says Astrid Linder, research leader at VTI.
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