Technology: Fitting Machines to People


Fitting Machines to People

During the development of the Mus tang, Ford Motor Co. shaped the car's bucket seats to the specifications of those on the British Ford — only to find it necessary to change the design almost immediately. Five years later, with the Mustang's popularity firmly established, company officials can smile about the costly changeover. "We re alized," says one, "that American buttocks are larger than British." To guard against just that kind of mistake, U.S. business is relying increasingly on the fast-growing science of anthropometry, which systematically studies...

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