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Humanetics created the first crash test dummy over 65 years ago.


An anthropomorphic test device (ATD) — commonly known as a crash test dummy — is a high-precision test instrument used to measure human injury potential in vehicle crashes.


Crash test dummies simulate human response to impacts, accelerations, deflections, forces and moments of inertia generated during a crash. Each dummy is designed to model the form, weight and articulation of a human body. Hundreds of sensors and transducers located within the dummy provide life-saving data to safety test engineers, measuring the precise physical forces exerted on each body part in a crash event.