GM has been using crash test dummies for more than 35 years and with each new variation of dummy created, our cars become safer and safer. The newest of GM’s dummies are being utilized at GM’s Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) lab in Detroit, MI and when you hear about the amount of technology in these guys I have no doubt that you’ll be properly amazed. You see each new dummy is equipped with 70-80 sensors each, which in turn transmits crash data at the rate of 10,000 times per second back to GM’s safety systems. The data collected tells GM engineers exactly what kind of punishment that the dummies endured during the collision tests, which in turn helps them design and build safer automobiles.
Jack Jensen, GM safety engineer and Technical Fellow states, “We design these test dummies so that they mimic real life,” he says. “Data from the dummies helps us predict the risk of injury in a real crash. The more realistic the dummy, the more accurate the test results.”
The dummies shown in the above video were used during the development of the new 2011 Buick Regal, a car that we recently tested. What the general public simply does not realize is how passionate these engineers are about automotive safety. So when videos like this become available it’s great to watch them as they give us all a little reminder about how much technology actually goes into building a modern day automobile.