Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS)close
Safety tests are only as good as the data they collect. That’s why we developed the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS), an advanced injury-simulation software that measures injury to parts of the body not measurable with conventional crash test dummies, including organs, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscle. Since first developing the technology in 2000, Toyota has shared THUMS with more than 30 organizations across the automotive industry, including other car companies and research institutes.
We’re also making sure the technology can help improve more than just automotive safety. Wake Forest University is using THUMS to study the damaging effects of hits and tackles on football players, and better understand how to treat their injuries. And as part of our Ideas for Good challenge, we asked the public to come up with innovative uses for THUMS, as well as other Toyota technologies, outside of cars. Now, five of those ideas have been brought to life as working prototypes with the potential to do an incredible amount of good in the world.