GM helps to develops new rear impact crash protection technology
Lost amid the media hype over a few fires related to electric cars is the fact that an electric car fire related death has yet to occur. Non-electric car vehicle deaths will be about 33,000 Americans this year. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vehicle related deaths are the number one cause of death in the United Stated among all Americans age 5 to 34. Over 2.3 million Americans will visit the emergency room this year with injuries related to a vehicle*. Automakers, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and other organizations have developed fantastic testing procedures and crash test dummies for the most deadly crashes. Attention is now turning to those accidents which are less likely to cause death, but cause serious and long-lasting injuries nonetheless. Rear-impact crashes are one of these areas.
General Motors has helped by contributing considerable resources to evaluate a new crash test dummy. The dummy, called BioRID, was developed by the Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden. This new dummy is unique in that it has 24 individual vertebra simulators. The dummy was specifically designed to allow the dummy to move in a crash like a human so that neck and spine injuries can be measured during crash tests.