Toyota receives the 2011 SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award

 Toyota receives the 2011 SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering
                                    Award

Summary of the 1.5 year research project involving Toyota and NASCAR using
Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS)

PR Newswire

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 30, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Toyota Technical Center (TTC),
a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A. Inc. (TEMA)
announced today that the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has selected
TTC - Robert Smith; Author, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) - Shigeki Hayashi,
Yuichi Kitagawa and Tsuyoshi Yasuki; Co-Authors as the recipients of the 2011
SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award.

The Isbrandt award annually recognizes the author(s) delivering the most
outstanding paper at a Society or section meeting on the subject of automotive
safety engineering. This honor recognizes their outstanding SAE technical
paper #2011-01-1104- "A Study of Driver Injury Mechanism in High Speed Lateral
Impacts of Stock Car Auto Racing Using a Human Body FE Model"; presented at
the 2011 SAE World Congress. Mr. Tsuyoshi Yasuki will be accepting the award
on behalf of the team at the SAE Government/Industry meeting today in
Washington, DC.

The paper was the summary of the 1.5 year research project involving TEMA,
TMC, and NASCAR, using the Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS), Toyota's
virtual human model, to investigate and simulate driver response and injury
mechanism resulting from high speed crashes in the racing environment. The
purpose of the study was to understand the internal mechanisms of injuries
relating to specific seat geometries and to propose modifications to the
cockpit/seat structure and/or restraint system in order to reduce the risk of
injury, with a focus primarily and chest injury and rib fracture.

As a result of this research NASCAR has since updated their Official Rulebook,
regarding Seat Chest Support Stiffness targets, and Seat Shoulder Support
geometry. These changes may lead to a reduced risk of rib fracture injury for
both Side and Frontal collisions in the high speed racing environment.

About Toyota (NYSE: TM)
In 2012, Toyota Technical Center celebrated its 35^th Anniversary and is the
driving force behind Toyota's North American engineering and research &
development activities. Established in 1977 and headquartered in Michigan,
TTC has R&D facilities in Ann Arbor, Saline, Plymouth and Livonia. In
addition, TTC has R&D facilities in California and operates the Toyota Arizona
Proving Ground near Phoenix. TTC is engaged in engineering design, vehicle
performance, prototype development, powertrain tuning, safety/crashworthiness,
regulatory affairs and advanced research. TTC has development
responsibilities for the Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and RAV4
EV.

SOURCE Toyota

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