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December 3, 2012

Engineering Professor Cynthia Bir comments in Crain's article about crash test dummy technology


Cynthia Bir, professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University and a regular guest on ESPN’s Emmy-winning “Sports Science,” comments about crash test dummy technology used in the automotive industry. “As crash test dummies become more lifelike, it’s important to know that their improvements in saving lives come from others dying,” said Bir. She said the new technologies developed in the auto industry are adapting, and cadaver research is helping companies develop smarter dummies. “We want to make sure whatever innovation is being put in a vehicle doesn’t create new injuries,” Bir said. “We’re now getting down to where we have hit all the major injuries, and dummies are becoming more sophisticated in injuries that aren’t life threatening.”

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