Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ford Fattens Computer Models

Getting ready for a heavier population ...

"One American carmaker has broken ground by making room for bigger drivers. Ford Motor Company announced recently it is making its computer models fatter to accommodate America's expanded waistline.

According to CNN, Ford has developed nine virtual mannequins for its cyber model 2007. The report by the cable news channel says the mannequins are chunkier so engineers can ergonomically allow for a bigger belly and wider hips when they are designing cars.

The company recognized it is harder to sit in a car if the steering wheel feels too tight, the seat seems a little too narrow and there is not enough room for the legs."    (Continued via Ergoweb)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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