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Car with an Airbag for Pedestrians


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It's not yet safe to play real life Grand Theft Auto, but Volvo's V40 comes with a feature that may reduce pedestrian fatalities during accidents. When a pedestrian impacts the front, an airbag deploys out of hood to partially shield that person from the rest of the car. Do you think that it will work?

Link -via The Presurfer

There actually exists black and white footage of inventions that incorporated spring-loaded nets and scoops on the fronts of early vehicles. My Google fu is failing me at the moment, though.
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So, how many sodium azide bags per vehicle does that make now? (You didn't really think they were inflated with air, did you?) And now we get a thousand dollar repair bill if somebody's garbage can blows out into the street in front of us. NO THANKS!
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The pedestrian has already lost his knees and hips. When he sails over the car he will land on his head. All this does is protect the windshield. The airbag will cost more to replace than the windshield.
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