At the end of last month, the Industry Advisory Board of the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) voted to fund nine research projects for the 2018-2019 year that will be led by Principal Investigators from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and The Ohio State University (OSU).
Several projects will investigate the responses of anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs, or crash test dummies). One such study, led by OSU’s Yun Seok Kang, PhD, seeks to understand the influence of neck cable tightness and repeated tests on responses of the Hybrid III 6-year-old ATD head and neck. In another, CHOP’s Aditya Belwadi, PhD will utilize an instrumented ATD in rear-facing child seats with and without load legs in simulated frontal, oblique, and lateral impact crashes.
In teen driving, utilizing data from the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study, CHOP’s Thomas Seacrist, MBE will lead a study that compares rear-end striking crashes among teen, young adult, and older drivers. Valentina Graci, PhD of CHOP will examine if take-over reaction time to reach and turn the steering wheel during a simulated vehicle swerving is decreased by an acoustic startling pre-stimulus, i.e., a loud sound preceding the swerving event, in both adult and teen drivers.
Continuing CChIPS’ research in autonomous driving, CHOP’s Patrice Tremoulet, PhD will explore how having vehicle seats in non-traditional orientations may impact parents’ abilities to install, secure children in, and remove different types of child restraint systems.
The entire 2018-2019 CChIPS research portfolio is available on the CChIPS website. With guidance from our valued IAB members, we look forward to another productive year of moving the needle forward in child safety!
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