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Military vehicle seating: Keeping American soldiers safe

June 11, 2013

Transportation crashes have accounted for two-thirds of U.S. noncombat military deaths since 2000--a trend U-M researchers are hoping to reverse.

UMTRI research professor Matthew Reed and colleagues at UMTRI and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) aim to make seating in military vehicles safer, more effective, and more comfortable for soldiers.

Previous studies of seated anthropometry--measurement of height, weight and proportions of the human body--have not included the impact of protective gear worn by soldiers on their posture and body shape.

"Current and future military vehicle programs face major challenges in providing adequate accommodation for soldiers while ensuring performance and safety," said Reed, who is also a research professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering. "Current design guidance is based on outdated anthropometry."

Read the U-M news release.