Crash Test Dummies's Job Explained by IIHS

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently released a video that showcases a day in the life of a crash test dummy. When talking about these creations, the designation itself is rather hilarious, as they are in fact sophisticated pieces of machinery. As explained in the clip, when fully equipped, one of these dummies can cost up to $200,000 (EUR153,000).
It not hard to imagine the amount of technology packed into the dummies. Sensors and accelerometers are spread throughout their artificial bodies in a matrix that simulates our own bodies.

Nevertheless, the clip shows that the calibration process is just as important as the hardware itself. Marvin Hatchett, the Manager of the dummy calibration lab, details the process. The Institute not only wants its own result to be repeatable, but also wants to make sure that its dummies follow the general standard.

Behind the “play” button above, you’ll find many layers of safety-related information, al wrapped in spectacular crashes that put the dummies through their paces.

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