Volvo protecting pedestrians with airbags

Volvo cars they’re about to get even safer with the introduction of the world’s first airbag for pedestrians, that works through a series of sophisticated sensors fitted to the front part.

The new system will be to the all-new V40, which was unveiled last week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Sensors in the front bumper register the physical contact between the car and the pedestrian. The rear end of the bonnet is released and at the same time elevated by the deploying airbag.

Volvo protecting pedestrians with airbags

The inflated airbag covers the area under the raised bonnet plus approximately one third of the windscreen area and the lower part of the A-pillar.

Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a technology that can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. In an emergency situation the driver first receives an audible warning combined with a flashing light in the windscreen’s head-up display. If the driver fails to react to the warning and a collision is imminent, full braking power is automatically applied.

via autoblog