VA Researchers Team Up with Ford Designers to Improve Vehicle Safety | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

VA Researchers Team Up with Ford Designers to Improve Vehicle Safety

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

Researchers in Virginia are working with automobile designers to find ways to reduce fetal deaths by making travel safer for expectant mothers.

There aren't any official statistics on the number of fetal deaths due to vehicle accidents. States aren't required to report those incidents. But estimates range from 300 to several thousand per year.

Researchers at the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences are trying to figure out how to develop safer restraint systems for pregnant women. They're working on computer models of pregnant drivers and passengers that will allow them to test how crash forces affect the human body. Basically, a virtual crash-test dummy.

The research is being funded, in part, by Ford, which plans to include owner's guide information specifically designed for pregnant women with Lincoln and Mercury models in 2010.

NPR

As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Free speech advocates are supporting silenced Chinese writers.
NPR

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.
WAMU 88.5

D.C. Immigrants Remain In Shadows While Reform Hits Roadblock

The administration's appeal to lift an injunction against his executive actions on immigration reform was denied. Consequently tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area will continue to live in the shadows.
NPR

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.