Not born from jets: Mr. Johansson the Saab crash test dummy – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Being a crash test dummy is hard work. You get placed in a vehicle that's smashed into walls, T-boned by battering rams, jolted around and flipped upside down. All in the name of safety, making our cars a more secure environment to transport ourselves, our friends and our families.

And it's largely thankless work, too, apart from an '80s cartoon show and a Canadian pop band. But now it's time for a brief curtain call for the punching bags of the auto industry, as Saab takes us behind the scenes with Mr. Johansson, one of its highly complex anthropomorphic sensors. Follow the jump to watch the footage, complete with subtitles for those of us who don't speak the language of assemble-it-yourself furniture and pickled fishes.


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      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny! "Recent Saab cost cutting measures to meet cash flow requirements puts crash dummies to work on assembly line. Full story at 11."
      SooooRight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, looks like your average Saab driver.
      usa1
      • 3 Years Ago
      When you don't have products worth talking about and can't keep the factory open because of lack of parts, you highlight your crash dummies.
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back at the end of the DOT.COM era, they used to have a Corporate death watch website for dot.com venture capital companies. While not a Dot.Com...Saab should be at the top of someone's death watch list. When will someone do the intelligent thing and euthanize this Company? Really. When? Don't ask the dummy in this photo - he's working!
        Jon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        As of now they have secured medium/long term funding... give them a shot.... that being said i'm watching carefully, if the 9-4x doesn't do decently well i'm concerned, if the new 9-3 isn't awesome when it gets released (the first post GM era designed car), i'm fairly confident that they are screwed.... hopefully not though, the brand has potential if they play the cards right.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not name him Mr. Roger Smith or something like that?
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Johansson, your wife is far out of your league, so I took her. http://celebritydailypost.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/scarlett-johansson-globes-14g.jpg