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Toyota Safety Research Center Announces 4 New Projects

December 07, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) announced four new research projects and three new research partnerships aimed at advancing development of innovative vehicle safety technologies across the automotive industry.

The new projects are focused on the continued development of advanced crash modeling technologies and better protecting vulnerable populations, particularly seniors. 

The CSRC was launched by Toyota in January of this year, with an initial investment of $50 million. The center pursues automotive safety research through a collaborative model that prioritizes sharing Toyota’s talent and technology with a broad range of institutions.

The newly announced research projects, chosen from numerous proposals considered by the CSRC over the past year, will be undertaken in partnership with Virginia Tech, George Washington University, the University of Iowa and the University of Virginia. 

“We are proud to welcome our new research partners, whose important work promises to advance our understanding significantly in the areas of active safety, driver distraction and protecting the most at-risk drivers,” said Chuck Gulash, senior executive engineer at the Toyota Technical Center and CSRC director. 

Two new projects focus on crash modeling research, including a detailed computer model of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) THOR-NT crash test dummy and a project to confirm the biofidelity and injury prediction capability of Toyota’s advanced Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual human model in additional crash scenarios. 

These crash modeling technologies help researchers analyze millions of data points to better understand the mechanisms that cause injuries in car crashes, which helps inform the development of new safety technologies for airbags, seatbelt systems and vehicle body structures.

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