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Pedestrian-Protecting Cars

The Volvo V40 Boasts an Outer Airbag to Minimize Impact

— March 12, 2012 — Autos
Pedestrian accidents may be unavoidable, but the Volvo V40 hopes to minimize injuries that result from such incidences. This city car introduces another set of airbags on the outside of the vehicle. When activated, they help cushion the impact between person and car.

This unique airbag is, however, a last resort. The Volvo V40 also boasts a Pedestrian Detection system that helps make its use as unnecessary as possible. The system is comprised of a grill-mounted radar and video camera that detects and recognizes a person in the Volvo V40's path. This smart technology also recognizes whether the person is moving and if they are actually on a collision course. If there is a danger of a pedestrian being hit, the Volvo V40 sounds an alarm to alert the driver.
Trend Themes
1. Pedestrian Safety Systems - Car manufacturers can develop more safety systems that aim to protect pedestrians from potential collisions and reduce the risk of injury.
2. Smart Collision Avoidance Technology - The development of advanced collision avoidance technology can revolutionize the automotive industry and make driving safer for everyone on the road.
3. External Vehicle Airbags - The idea of external airbags has the potential to become a new standard in vehicle safety technology, which can further reduce the impact of vehicle-pedestrian accidents.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive Manufacturing - Car manufacturers can continue researching and developing advanced safety technology to outcompete other companies and attract safety-conscious buyers.
2. Insurance - As smart collision avoidance technology becomes more prevalent in cars, insurance companies can adjust their policies and premiums to reflect the safer driving conditions that come with these technologies.
3. Public Safety - Government agencies can promote regulations and standards that require car manufacturers to include pedestrian safety features in their vehicles, which can further reduce pedestrian accidents.
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