Toy­ota, Global In­sti­tute for Mo­tor Sport Safety launch joint re­search project us­ing THUMS vir­tual hu­man model

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion and the Global In­sti­tute for Mo­tor Sport Safety (Global In­sti­tute) have launched a four-year re­search project us­ing Toy­ota’s To­tal Hu­man Model for Safety (THUMS) with the aim of en­hanc­ing safety in mo­tor­sports. The Global In­sti­tute is the safety re­search part­ner of the Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tionale del’ Au­to­mo­bile (FIA), the gov­ern­ing body of world mo­tor­sports.

The joint re­search project cov­ers study on col­li­sions in­volv­ing not only closed-cir­cuit race cars, but also rally cars, and will pos­si­bly in­clude re­view of seat struc­tures and seat­belt po­si­tion­ing. Based on the re­sults, the Global In­sti­tute plans to con­sider mea­sures that could lead to up­dat­ing mo­tor­sports reg­u­la­tions and other ac­tions to en­hance the safety of mo­tor­sports ve­hi­cles.

Al­though crash dum­mies are com­monly used in ve­hi­cle col­li­sion tests, they do not al­low for easy and de­tailed anal­y­sis of how col­li­sions im­pact the brain, in­ter­nal or­gans and cer­tain other parts of the body. As a re­sult, Toy­ota has been work­ing with Toy­ota Cen­tral R&D Labs, Inc. since 2000 to de­velop THUMS, which al­lows for com­puter sim­u­la­tion and anal­y­sis of ac­tual con­di­tions dur­ing a crash and of the mech­a­nisms of in­jury oc­cur­rence, in­clud­ing that of in­juries to in­ter­nal or­gans and other parts of the body.

“Since its found­ing, Toy­ota has ded­i­cated it­self to pro­duc­ing ve­hi­cles that are safe and pro­vide com­plete peace of mind,” said Takayuki Yoshit­sugu, Chief Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mid­dle East and North Africa Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice, Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion. “We are pleased to part­ner with the Global In­sti­tute to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing on this vi­sion and sur­pass the ex­pec­ta­tions of our val­ued cus­tomers who as­so­ciate the name Toy­ota with a brand that is com­mit­ted to lev­er­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­dus­try in­no­va­tions to pro­vide cus­tomers with safer and more se­cure driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” “It is deeply sat­is­fy­ing to know that our cus­tomers have been highly ap­pre­cia­tive of our safety-re­lated ini­tia­tives, and I would like to ex­press my sin­cere grat­i­tude to them for their con­tin­ued sup­port over the years,” Yoshit­sugu added. Since 2007, Toy­ota has been us­ing THUMS not only for gen­eral au­to­mo­biles, but also to an­a­lyze in­juries due to crashes in mo­tor­sports. In re­sponse to a re­quest from the FIA and NAS­CAR (the US-based Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Stock Car Auto Rac­ing), Toy­ota has also been us­ing THUMS to iden­tify de­cel­er­a­tion gforces and the pow­er­ful forces im­posed dur­ing a col­li­sion on the spine and in­ter­nal

or­gans, due to the seat­ing con­di­tions unique to race cars, and to in­ves­ti­gate meth­ods of mit­i­gat­ing those forces. Last year, as part of its con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to­ward im­prov­ing ve­hi­cle safety per­for­mance, Toy­ota en­hanced its THUMS vir­tual crash dummy soft­ware with a new range of mod­els. The com­pany added three new mod­els - rep­re­sent­ing chil­dren aged ten, six, and three -to Ver­sion 4 of the soft­ware; the ex­panded line-up takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the in­flu­ence of age and physique, and al­lows for a more thor­ough in­jury anal­y­sis.

THUMS is used for a wide va­ri­ety of pur­poses by au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers, parts man­u­fac­tur­ers, and uni­ver­si­ties, both in Ja­pan and over­seas. It con­trib­utes to re­search on safety tech­nolo­gies not just at Toy­ota, but also by or­ga­ni­za­tions all over the world. The ul­ti­mate de­sire of a mo­bile so­ci­ety is to ad­vance to­wards the goal of elim­i­nat­ing traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties and in­juries.

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