Monday, March 27, 2006

Finger scanner fine-tunes car safety settings

Individual customization increases saftey systems ...

"A dashboard finger scanner could prevent thousands of car injuries each year by fine-tuning crash restraint systems to a passenger's bone density.

The ultrasound scanner, developed by researchers at Cranfield Impact Research Centre (CIRC) and Nissan Technical Centre Europe, both in the UK, assesses an individual's tolerance to injury, allowing a vehicle's onboard computer to adjust the force applied by their seatbelt and airbag accordingly.

"It would need to be used each time the car's ignition was switched on, before the driver was able to move off," says CIRC’s technical director, Roger Hardy."   continued ...   (Via New Scientist)

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