October 27, 2004

Smarter dummy unveiled

Ottawa, Ontario – A new crash test dummy called WorldSID is made its Canadian debut on Tuesday at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. WorldSID is intended to improve the understanding of human responses in side impact collisions and ultimately improve the safety of Canadians.

Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre launched the WorldSID exhibit, which will be on display at the museum until January 11, 2005.

“Transport Canada is committed to using WorldSID in its crash testing to help save Canadians’ lives,” said Mr. Lapierre. “WorldSID also demonstrates great collaboration between government and industry – with Canadians benefiting as a result. It will make an important contribution to achieving our Road Safety Vision 2010 goal of having the safest roads in the world.”

WorldSID (World Side Impact Dummy) was born out of a need to have a world harmonized crash test dummy that would better simulate the motions of a human in side impact crash testing. WorldSID improves on the crash test dummies that are currently being used in collision testing. It was built with state-of-the-art technology, such as advanced shoulder design and unique nickel-titanium rib cage design, that makes it possible to evaluate the effects of vehicle intrusion, side air bag deployments and interior door trim profiles on driver protection. This information, in turn, can be used to guide improvements in occupant safety. WorldSID provides the foundation for a common and internationally accepted regulatory test procedure and will greatly facilitate the comparison of crash test data worldwide.

In Canada, over a thousand people are fatally injured and many more are seriously injured in side impact collisions every year, with the most frequently injured parts of the body being the head and chest. It is estimated that over 270 lives can be saved through the introduction of head protection technologies. By using state-of-the-art crash test dummies such as WorldSID, researchers have the opportunity to design even more effective occupant protection and further improve the safety of Canadians.

The crash test dummy was developed under the direction of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) WorldSID Task Group. Hundreds of engineers and scientists from over 45 organizations throughout the world took part in the design, development and testing. Transport Canada contributed to the development of the specifications of WorldSID, conducted “biofidelity” evaluations to ensure that the dummy responded as a human would, and conducted in-vehicle crash tests to evaluate its performance.

Road Safety Vision 2010 aims to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries in Canada by 30 per cent by 2010. For more information, please visit the Road Safety Vision 2010 website.

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