Serves the Commercial Small Fleet Market of 10 – 50 Vehicles

Toyota Receives SAE Automotive Safety Engineering Award

January 30, 2013

The Society of Automotive Engineers has given its prestigious SAE Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award to the authors of a technical paper summarizing a one-and-a-half-year-long Toyota study of driver injury mechanism in professional auto racing.

The winning technical paper was written by Toyota’s Robert Smith, along with co-authors Shigeki Hayashi, Yuichi Kitagawa and Tsuyoshi Yasuki. The paper chronicled a research project that brought together Toyota Technical Center, a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing--North America Inc., and NASCAR. The study used Toyota’s virtual human model, the Total HUman Model for Safety (THUMS), to investigate and simulate driver response and injury mechanism resulting from high-speed crashes in the racing environment.

The purpose of the project was to better understand the internal mechanisms of injuries as they relate to specific seat geometries. Armed with this information, researchers could then propose modifications to the cockpit/seat structure and/or restraint systems in hopes of reducing injury risk, particularly to the chest and ribs of drivers.

The project’s findings led NASCAR to update its rulebook regarding seat chest support stiffness targets and seat shoulder support geometry. The goal of the rule changes is to reduce the risk of rib fracture injury for both side and frontal collisions during races.

Yasuki will accept the award on behalf of the Toyota team at the SAE Government/Industry meeting in Washington, D.C.

Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America, the largest manufacturer of heavy-duty vehicles in North America and a manufacturer of medium-duty vehicles.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher