Monday, May 22, 2006

New auto seat, designed in SolidWorks, could help crash victims walk away

Designing safer car seats ...

"A West Coast development team has used software by SolidWorks, a Dassault Systèmes S.A company, to design and analyse a new seat that could double the safety of cars in head-on collisions. Several car companies and seating manufacturers are presently testing the seat, which operates on the same principle as a porch glider - pendulum motion.

American Ergonomics Corp. recently performed an extensive series of crash tests on its Counter-Balanced Motion ("CBM") seat technology under National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines. Dummies riding in the seat and wired with sensors were driven into a solid wall at 35 mph. The test results, affirmed by specialized auto crash simulation software, indicated the CBM seat could reduce head injuries by 30 per cent and leg injuries by 70 per cent, according to the company.

Head-on collisions generally involve two impacts, one when the driver's body slams forward in the cockpit and a second, rearward "whiplash" when the head and neck recoil. The CBM seat mitigates the first impact in a collision by arcing forward a few inches on an upturned rail, tipping the body away from the impact and folding the legs safely away from the floor."   continued ...   (Via domain-b)

Safe Auto Seat - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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