New Crash Test Dummies Have Much to Say

Paul Lilly

GM's crash test test dummies have learned to talk, and as you might imagine, they have much to say. No, they're not complaining about their jobs, but they do "talk in hyper-speed, recording and transmitting crash data 10,000 times a second," GM says .

The auto maker's latest crash test dummies come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and represented genders. Some of the higher tech ones can cost as much as $500,000, a price tag they earn by transmitting megabytes, and even gigabytes of valuable crash data.

"We design these test dummies so that they mimic real life," says Jack Jensen, GM safety engineer and Technical Fellow. "Data from the dummies helps us predict the risk of injury in a real crash. The more realistic the dummy, the more accurate the test results."

The new dummies are currently being used to test the 2011 Buick Regal.

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