The once-Swedish owned company latest innovation was introduced on the company’s latest V40 hatchback model which was showcased at the recent Geneva Motor Show and it is the first externally mounted airbag installed on a mass produced car. Let’s see how it works.
The system uses sensors mounted in the front bumper to detect when the car has come in contact with a pedestrian. If a collision occurs, the sensors will immediately send a signal to a large airbag mounted under the rear of the front hood which deploys out and covers both A-pillars and about one-third of the windshield.
The pedestrian air bag was designed to be a very last resort and the main goal of the engineers who developed the V40 was to avoid a collision in the first place. Volvo has mentioned that the pedestrian air bag could drastically reduce injuries in low speed collisions that occur around urban areas and the company plans to fit the innovative technology to its other models in the future.
Since Volvo did mention that their aim was to avoid a collision in the first place, they also fitted a pedestrian detection system on the V40. The system uses a sensor which is mounted on the windscreen to automatically stop the car if a collision with a pedestrian is unavoidable.
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