How the next generation of sensor-packed devices gather 70,000 data points per second to make cars safer for flesh-and-blood humans
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 04.04.2011 at 10:54 am 0 Comments
In a typical day at General Motors Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) lab in Milford, Michigan, a crash-test dummy is decapitated, rammed in the chest, and contorted by a torsion machine, and that's just to set a baseline. Many safety innovations—crumple zones and smart airbags among them—are the result of such careful calibration. And with today's ATDs carrying up to 192 sensors, safety engineers can predict the risk of injury more accurately than ever before.