Pregnant dummy is old news, says GM
Ford-owned Volvo has developed what it claims is a world-first computer model of a pregnant crash dummy – but General Motors says it's old news.
Volvo says its "virtual" dummy – of a woman in late pregnancy – is being tested in simulated front-end crashes. It says the computer model was completed in January, this year, and has undergone much development since then.
According to the Bloomberg wire service, Volvo's announcement came 10 days after General Motors unveiled its latest pregnant crash-test dummy, MAMA-2B.
A design and testing report on GM's physical dummy – as opposed to Volvo's computerised version – was submitted to the US Department of Transportation. MAMA-2B (Maternal Anthropomorphic Measurement Apparatus) is said to be a modified version of a GM pregnant dummy developed in 1996.
"This might be new for Volvo but it isn't for General Motors," General Motors spokesman Jay Cooney told the wire service.
GM also says MAMA-2B is designed to assess the risk to the unborn baby of seatbelts and airbags in a crash.
Volvo says its onscreen version also looks at the risk to the foetus in a crash and that it's big advantage is that both mother and baby can be scaled up or down to suit test requirements.
Both car makers say their tests also will help them study alternative seat belt and crash system designs.
Volvo says its research shows women often avoid using seat belts late in their pregnancy because they are uncomfortable, or because they fear they will hurt their unborn child in a crash.
GM says it estimates 130,000 heavily-pregnant women a year in the US are involved in car crashes. About 30,000 are injured and 160 killed, it says.
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