What is a dummy?
In the crash tests carried out by the engineers at the JANE CRASH TEST RESEARCH CENTER we use dolls to simulate vehicle drivers and passengers. These dolls, called Dummies, are the size and weight of ‘real’ babies and children, and they are tested using the same forces that a car would receive in a crash situation.
Our Dummy Family
To test the Jané seats and guarantee the maximum safety for your children, we use dummies of all ages. We like to call them ‘our dummy family’. We have a newborn, a 9-month-old baby, an 18-month-old, a 3-year old, a 6-year-old and 12-year-old.
Artificially given human characteristics
For the crash test to be as similar as possible to a real crash, the dummies have to follow two basics criteria: biofidelity (for it to have the same size and weight as the children of the age group it represents) and anthropomorphism (meaning that the movements and reactions of the dummy are as similar as possible to those of real child).
32 sensors mean we can measure the damage caused by each impact
At first, these dummies had 6 sensors inside to measure the impact of the crash on the internal organs (mainly in the chest and head). But technology moves on and a short time ago the Q series of dummies were created fitted with 32 sensors. These sensors are spread out almost all over the body (head, cervical, chest and pelvis), and they allow us to measure the damage in the event of whiplash, seat belt tension, side impacts and vertical displacement.
We go further than European regulations
We never get tired of repeating this, but our self-imposed safety standards mean we always strive to go beyond legal requirements. The Q series of dummies at the JANÉ CRASH TEST RESEARCH CENTER go far beyond the requirements of European safety testing for child car seats. They are much more similar to real children than the previous dummies as a dummy from the Q series has clavicles, ribs, pelvis, vertebrae. Also, thanks to the technological advances of this new generation of dummies, we can study what improvements should be made to the designs of our seats to guarantee maximum safety.