Total Human Model for Safety - or THUMS for short - is based on more than 20 years of work since 1997. Today, THUMS is the world’s most advanced virtual human body simulation model.
Toyota made THUMS available free of charge on a dedicated public website at the start of this year. The already 400 global users that have downloaded the application also include ergonomics studies in non-automotive areas. For example, the THUMS model is used in bed design aimed at bedsore prevention, and also in the design of rackets, American football helmets and shoes for injury prevention.
THUMS has originally been developed as a digital car crash test dummy, which includes all the bones, organs, tissues and tendons found in the human body. The virtual dummy can be a man, woman or child of different ages, and can even take different postures – sitting or walking. This makes THUMS one of the most advanced systems available to simulate and analyse injuries caused by external forces in endless possible scenarios.