The first male crash test dummy was introduced in 1949, a baby-sized dummy appeared
Finally, 73 years afterpeople started using crash test dummies to find out how safe a car is, a female dummy appeared. Up to this point, the researchers had used a smaller version of the male test unit, which roughly matched the proportions of a 12-year-old girl.
Designed by dummy and engineer Astrid Linder
No wonder it led to morethe number of injuries among women. And, despite the fact that they make up about half of all people involved in accidents, it is women who have a much higher percentage of victims in accidents.
Now researchers can finally figure outhow a woman's body is affected by an accident, as researchers in Sweden have created a test dummy that actually reflects the physiology of most women.
"A team of Swedish engineers finallydeveloped the first mannequin, or, to use a more technical term, a seat assessment tool, designed based on the body image of the average woman. This mannequin is 162 cm tall and weighs 62 kg, which is more in line with a woman than previous mannequins, ”says the BBC.
The dummy was developed in a Swedish testlaboratories led by Astrid Linder, director of road safety at the Swedish National Road Transport Research Institute. The BBC report adds:
"Dr. Linder believes that her research mayhelp define the way cars will be designed in the future and identify key differences between men and women. Women are on average shorter and lighter than men and have different muscle strengths. Because of this, they react physically differently to a car accident.”
Now that the dummy has been developed, legislators will need to change their testing requirements to ensure its use.
In fact, according to the BBC, "nolegal requirement that rear impact vehicle safety tests be conducted on anyone other than a male.” This applies to EU and US testing requirements.
This is a step in the right direction, but there is much more male-focused research and data to consider.
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