Toyota will provide free access to its virtual modelsJune 16, 2020
The Japanese automaker has announced that soon any automaker will be able to use the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) program.
Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that it will provide the free Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) software as part of its Safe Mobility Society program from January 2021. THUMS is a virtual program for modeling the human body, designed for computer analysis of injuries sustained in collisions of vehicles. It is expected that free access to THUMS and its subsequent use by a wider range of users will increase the safety of cars around the world.
Designed to facilitate research and development in vehicle safety technology in collaboration with Toyota Central R & D Labs, THUMS was the world’s first virtual human body modeling program. Its launch took place in 2000. It allowed to model and analyze injuries caused by vehicle collisions. Since then, and until the latest version released last year, it has been constantly evolving, adding models of the human body with different sexes, ages and physiques, which include skeletal structures, the brain, internal organs and muscles. Compared to the dummies used in physical collisions of vehicles, THUMS is able to analyze in more detail injuries associated with a collision.
THUMS is currently used in vehicle safety research by more than 100 automobile manufacturers, suppliers, universities, research institutes and other organizations in Japan and abroad. The program is used to research and develop many different safety technologies, such as seat belts, airbags and vehicle designs, which help reduce the risk of injuries when vehicles collide with pedestrians. Vehicle safety assessment organizations are also currently considering using THUMS for virtual testing in their future assessments.
Providing free access to THUMS will not only allow more people to use the program in their vehicle safety research, but also improve the usability of the software, as users themselves improve models and share results with others.
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