Farmington Hills-based Humanetics Group, a safety testing and developer of crash test dummies, software modeling, and custom sensor solutions, has acquired Human Solutions GmbH and Avalution GmbH, both companies in Germany that provide ergonomics design software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Through the acquisition, Humanetics adds tools used by vehicle designers around the world to develop safe, comfortable, and ergonomic vehicle interiors. Both companies will retain their management teams. They have satellite offices in North Carolina.
Human Solutions has offered virtual ergonomics design through its software that creates virtual vehicle interiors and custom 3-D avatars that simulate occupants to evaluate ergonomics and comfort parameters during prototype development. Avalution is a specialist in 3-D body scanning and has a database of more than 100,000 custom body scans.
“We are thrilled to welcome Human Solutions and Avalution to the Humanetics Group,” says Christopher O’Connor, president and CEO of Humanetics Group. “Humanetics and Human Solutions share a unique purpose that puts humans at the center of design and innovation. Both companies create highly sophisticated models of human bodies that enable engineers to design vehicles that keep humans safe, in proper position, and in full control of the vehicle at critical moments in the driving experience.”
Solutions from both companies are used by major vehicle manufacturers, aerospace companies, defense groups, in the fashion industry, and with the design of sports equipment and corporate uniforms and industrial clothing.
“In the next 10 years, our customers have a huge challenge to launch fleets of electrified vehicles with more advanced levels of semi-autonomous driving capabilities,” O’Connor says. “We will help them accelerate their speed to market with our simulation models and physical testing tools and ultimately through the integration of safety and ergonomics together in a turn-key offering.”
The acquisition does not include the sister companies of Human Solutions and Avalution – Assyst GmbH, AVM GmbH, and Sistemi Assyst. They will remain independent.