Technologies that improve auto safety should be shared. We’ve committed $50 million to launch the Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC). Based on the three pillars of collaborative research—accident data, analysis and outreach—this car safety research facility is devoted to the advancement of automotive safety in North America. CSRC embraces an open approach that emphasizes partnership and transparency so that the whole industry can benefit from our research. To learn more about CSRC, visit: http://www.toyota.com/csrc/.
Car safety tests are only as good as the data they collect. That’s why we developed THUMS, an advanced injury-simulation software that measures injury to parts of the body not measurable with conventional crash test dummies, including organs, bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Since first developing the technology in 2000, Toyota has shared THUMS with more than 30 organizations across the automotive industry. For example, Wake Forest University is using THUMS to study the damaging effects of hits and tackles on football players, and better understand how to treat their injuries.
Earning a driver’s license is one of the most exciting moments in a teenager’s life. We all know, however, that passing one’s driver’s test is just the start of learning how to navigate the road safely. That’s why Toyota has created auto educational programs like Toyota Driving Expectations (TDE), and also supports research projects through our Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), that keep advancing tools to help teens – and other vulnerable car drivers – be as protected as possible.