facebook
twitter
search
search

Volvo: New airbag protects pedestrians

March 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 8 (UPI) -- Swedish automaker Volvo displayed an airbag at an auto show in Switzerland that company officials said is meant to protect pedestrians hit by a car.

The so-called "pedestrian airbag" introduced at the show in Geneva is mounted under the car's hood and is designed to deploy if the vehicle hits a person at speeds of 12 to 30 mph, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Popular Mechanics explained that the airbag uses seven sensors to determine if the car has struck a human. If it has, the airbag protects against an impact against the windshield, an area that pedestrians often hit if they are struck.

Volvo, which is owned by a Chinese holding company, also introduced an automatic braking system at the auto show that runs through March 17.

The braking system senses a cyclist who has swerved in front of the car, setting off an alarm and applies the brakes automatically.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Compact cannon for British armored vehicles
BBC to lay off 1,000 people to make up for $234M in lost revenue