During an episode of Bang Goes the Theory, Tekscan’s Body Pressure Measurement System, BPMS, was used in a low speed crash test to determine if rear-facing seats in an automobile are safer than those facing the front.
The sensor was placed in between host Jem Stansfield and the car seat and measured the difference in force and pressure put on his body, when riding forwards versus riding backwards, while crashing into a pole.
The Tekscan BMPS System is used in many other pressure mapping applications, such as design and comfort testing for automotive seats and mattresses, as well as a sales tool for mattress retailers.
Europe is currently reviewing whether to increase the age limit at which children are required to ride backwards, from nine months to around four or five years, as is law in Sweden.
The video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyQLPc57D4Y&feature=youtu.be&t=16m8s.