World's First Woman Dummy used in Sweden for Crash Testing.
Since the 1970s, the most commonly used crash dummy represents an average-sized adult man, despite women being 73% more likely to be injured in a car crash. Swedish engineer Astrid Linder and her team have developed the world’s first woman crash dummy!
By Erin Pedersen
Since the 1970s, human dummies have been used to determine car safety. The most commonly used dummy represents an average-sized adult man. For women, dummies are the size of a 12-year-old girl, representing five percent of women. (Source: First Post)
Gender Bias in Car Safety.
Women crash test dummies are not mandated to be used in most tests, despite women being 73% more likely to be killed or injured in a frontal car crash than men, according to a study by the University of Virginia. (Source: First Post)
The New Dummy.
The historical gender bias in car safety testing was addressed by Swedish engineer Astrid Linder and her team. A crash test dummy was developed to represent an average adult woman’s body mirroring their height, weight, muscles, and joint stiffness. (Source: First Post)
“As long as we humans are the ones using the cars, then we need to confirm in physical testing that this is actually representing the physical world.”
— Astrid Linder,
Swedish Engineer and Motor Vehicle Safety Researcher
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