Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center Announces 10 New Projects and Six New Partnerships With Leading Academic and Research Institutions
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, Cambridge, MA
- The Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI), Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT), Blacksburg, VA
- Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
- Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS), Ann Arbor, MI
- Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
An 18-month project to study the relationship between age and seated occupant posture, body shape, and seatbelt fit. The project seeks to determine if senior drivers and passengers sit differently in the vehicle, to characterize exterior body shape changes that occur with age, and to understand how these factors influence seat belt fit. The statistical models resulting from the study can be used to better understand senior occupant kinetics and injury patterns in a crash event.