Ann Arbor, Michigan – Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) has announced four new research projects and three research partnerships aimed at advancing the development of vehicle safety technologies across the automotive industry.

The new research projects will continue development of advanced crash modelling technologies and protection for vulnerable occupants, particularly seniors. The projects will be undertaken in partnership with Virginia Tech, George Washington University, the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia.

The crash modelling research includes a detailed computer model of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) THORN-NT crash test dummy, and a project to confirm the injury prediction capability of Toyota’s advanced Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual human model in additional crash scenarios.

Other new research will examine pre-drive behaviour, such as where drivers place their feet prior to beginning to drive, to determine the influence on driver-vehicle interactions.

The final project, based on research in Japan that found a high rate of abdominal injuries in older drivers in vehicle crashes, will study the relationship between the injuries and age. This research could lead to improved safety restraints.

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