Technology: Fitting Machines to People

TECHNOLOGY

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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!