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In a CBS This Morning segment, engineer Jack Jensen revealed how General Motors is making crash test dummies (also known as "anthropomorphic test devices" or ATDs) much more high-tech and realistic, ultimately resulting in safer vehicles on the road.

Within the lab, Jensen and his team build, crash and re-build these high-tech ATDs, studying the effects car accidents have on parts of the human body, in the hope that the learnings can save lives in the future.

These techniques are a far cry from the crash tests of old. The CBS video shows how engineers used to roll cars down steep hills to simulate roll-overs and would actually drive a car and jump out at the last second for a head-on collision test.

Check out the video for yourself above to see how today's cars are using eerily lifelike dummies to ensure your cars are as safe as possible.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      notice no comment box for input by public on AOL on political page...liberals/progressive running scared that there lying and distortions will be exposed to the general public. Love last nights debate, the truth prevails
      BRIAN THE GREAT
      • 2 Years Ago
      All that technology is useless without the intent to use it to preserve life the fullest extent possible. When those old 1930's era autombiles roll over and over down the steep cliff, note how intact the roof structure remains. Imagine how a modern vehicle, built to the present day inadequate roof crush standards, would do in a similar roll over test. Is it not strange that an occupent, if properly seated and belted in place, would be safer experiancing an accident of that type in a 1930's type vehicle than one of today's cars? It would be strange if it were not for the fact that this seemingly anomalous occurrance is actually the direct result of deliberate stonewalling on the behalf of the automotive industry against meaningful roof crush standards.
        james14za
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRIAN THE GREAT
        yes the roof remains, but the occupants would have died from the force of impact. cars today are designed to absorb impact by crushing. the car takes the beating so you, hopefully, wont - of course, it is not perfect. it may look at lot worse from the outside, but the death rate from auto accidents has gone down significantly since then.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to see an good, informative article on AOL. Yes, it's up to drivers to drive safely and defensively, however, accidents do happen and thank goodness GM continues to conduct tests and improve their cars to help lessen the damage done to the human body during a crash. Keep up the good work!
      ubersquid
      • 2 Years Ago
      We do not need safer cars. We need safer drivers . If cars had big spikes all over the dashboard facing the driver, folks would drive slower & be much more considerate .The schmucks that drive aggressively would take themselves out of the gene pool . Rip those airbags out !
      corrnurse
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mild winter? Has not begun yet.