We've been learning a lot from dummies -- crash test dummies, I mean

OK, so crash test dummies are not robots; they are more like human-shaped sensor-packed devices. They can sense their "environment" (that would be a car during a crash) but they can't walk around and strap themselves to a vehicle. Yet.

Dummies are getting smarter, as we report in Anatomy of a Crash Test Dummy this month in Spectrum. They're carrying more sensors (called load cells) and gathering better data.

Below a movie we captured during our visit to Denton ATD, one of the word's leading makers of crash test dummies. This side impact experiment uses an EuroSID 2 dummy. The metal thing hitting the dummy is called the "impactor probe." Ouch.

Continue reading to see more photos of Spectrum's visit to Denton.

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Mold and a vinyl foot.

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Body parts ready for assembly.

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More body parts.

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Assembly workbench.

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Dummies to receive replacement parts.

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Torso flexion test.

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Dummy heads.

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Dummy getting ready for tests.

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Load cell metal casings.

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Sacrum-iliac load cell for the WorldSID dummy.

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More load cells.

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Denton manager Ryan Pote shows chest band with load cells.

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Frida and Fred.

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They again.

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Detail of Frida's arm.

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Whose body parts are these?

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Dummy waiting to get certified.

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Randy Kelly explains how the neck-test contraption works.

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Child dummy waits replacement parts.

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My hand holding a dummy hand.

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