Toyota wants everyone to know what you are like inside

And although, obviously, that is a terrible reality, it is also true that the different manufacturers put all their effort, time, effort and financial resources in trying to implement measures that reduce them, in minimizing the damages, in research that serves the automotive world but also for other areas …

The next thing that brands are setting as a goal is the horizon of zero victims in traffic accidents. And each one is doing it in their own way; for example, in the case of Toyota, the Japanese firm has been for more than 20 years developing what they call the “Total Human Model for Security”, or THUMS.

Basically it is a very advanced simulator of the human body to know what happens in our body when it is subjected to blows, impacts, decelerations, cuts … that is, to everything that can happen to you in a car accident. Well, all the information it contains can be downloaded free of charge since the beginning of the year for anyone who has an interest … and, in fact, it is having a very good acceptance, Well, more than 400 users have already downloaded the application.

And, as Toyota sees, this type of study is not only useful for users in the automotive sector: the ‘THUMS model’ has also been used to design beds to prevent ulcers, also for the design of rackets, football helmets, footwear that prevents injury …

It all started when the THUMS was originally a digital test dummy for collecting traffic accident information. It was made up of all the bones, organs, tissues or tendons found in the human body, and the mannequin itself was quite ‘versatile’, in the sense that it could represent the body of a man, a woman, a child … as well as adopting different postures, for example sitting -for someone traveling inside the car- and walking -for a pedestrian-. From there, the scenarios that could be considered were almost infinite: accidents between car and motorcycle, accidents in autonomous vehicles …

And in case you are wondering, the model used by Toyota is different from the classic ‘dummies’ used in crash tests. The THUMS allows to analyze the injuries derived from an accident in a more detailed way, since they ensure that it can accurately model the shapes and durability of human bodies “while taking into account the different genders, age groups and body sizes”

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