International Women’s Day – Female crash test dummy

Dr. Anna K Carlsson, Chalmers

Road safety in cars are optimized for average male body

Did you know that…

To enhance safety on roads, crash tests are performed with technically advanced crash test dummies commonly representing the dimensions, weight proportions and articulation of the average male human body. As a result, cars are generally designed and optimized to protect the “typical male” body.

We honour the researcher Dr. Anna Carlsson for her work on enhanced safety on roads

Dr. Anna K Carlsson, Chalmers

Women are at about twice the risk of suffering injuries to the neck – so called “whiplash” injuries – compared to men. These injuries occur in all crash directions, however, rear-end collisions are most common in accident statistics.

The theme for the International Women’s day 2015 is “Make it happen”. We therefore wish to honour the Chalmers researcher Dr. Anna Carlsson who established the dimension of the average female and was an integral part of the team who developed a prototype of the world’s first crash dummy representing an average woman during her PhD studies.


Female crash test dummy prototype

The dummy prototype will contribute to increased understanding of why females are at greater risk of suffering whiplash injuries in rear-end impacts. This knowledge may contribute to improve future whiplash injury protection systems in cars, and thus reduce the risk of whiplash injury – for both women and men.

The Chalmers researcher Dr. Anna Carlsson works at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Anna Carlsson is a researcher at Vehicle Safety and associated with SAFER. You are welcome to read the latest publications of Anna Carlsson.

SAFER – Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers is a joint research unit where 30 partners from the Swedish automotive industry, academia and authorities cooperate to make a centre of excellence within the field of vehicle and traffic safety.

The theme of the International Womens’ day 2015 is “Make it happen“.