VTTI’s Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB) feels that working to save lives and preventing injuries helps to safeguard the environment by protecting precious resources. Further, reduction in crashes extends the service life of the vehicle fleet, reducing the consumption of raw materials, aiding in conservation. In addition, continuing developments in computational modeling will improve the efficiency and efficacy of transportation safety research overall.
Center director Warren Hardy believes that as computational modeling improves and automated driving systems become more of a reality, there will be less reliance on physical testing, particularly for vehicle design and certification. This will facilitate the examination of a great variety of crash and injury scenarios while consuming relatively few resources. However, there is still a lot of development and validation work to do before computational models of the human body can be used dependably and regularly, and considerable testing is still needed in the near term. The CIB has a team dedicated to advancing human body computational modeling and is a leader in performing the research needed to produce these models.
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