U-M researchers are evaluating how age and body type affect the senior population in auto crashes.
According to Research Associate Professor Matt Reed, current crash test dummies are based on body sizes that are decades old, and do not reflect how posture and age can drastically change the safety of an occupant. His research group is developing computational models of elderly drivers to increase their safety in automobiles.
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Matthew Reed is a research associate professor in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He is also head of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s Biosciences Group. His research interests focus on occupant protection and physical ergonomics for road vehicles.
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