Japanese researchers from Hiroshima University and Municipal Technical School are collaborating on an buoyant auto safety concept called 'iSAVE' inflated panels. The motivation for the project is to develop an integrated fail-proof protective device for vehicles that will do better than those that activate post-collision.
The prototype is currently being tested, but the 'iSAVE' inflated panels are already proving to cushion the impact of crashes. The vehicle is also equipped with internal airbags to cushion passengers, which are activated by the sensitive 'iSAVE' exterior mechanism.
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