UMTRI researchers are developing better computations for evaluating how age and body type affect the senior population in automobile crashes.

According to UMTRI's Matt Reed, research associate professor, current crash test dummies are based on body sizes that are decades old, and do not reflect how posture and age can drastically change the safety of an occupant. His research group is developing computational models of elderly drivers to increase their safety in automobiles.

See a video that highlights aspects of this research, funded by Toyota: