green benefitsthis idea is bigger than all of us…Imagine a world with one million fewer cars on the road. We do. Every day we are working towards a place with less dependence on personally-owned vehicles. Why? Because it matters. Fewer cars on the road means less congestion, less pollution, less dependence on oil, and cleaner, fresher air to breathe. Some folks don't believe it's possible for car sharing to have such a huge impact.Here's a quick checklist of the facts so you can see for yourself. Fewer cars. Way Fewer.Each and every Zipcar takes at least 15 personally-owned vehicles off the road. Multiply that by the more than 9000 cars in our fleet and you've got a really big number.Less and less driving.After joining Zipcar, 90% of our members drove 5,500 miles or less per year. That adds up to more than 32 million gallons of crude oil left in the ground—or 219 gallons saved per Zipster.Green gets even greener.10% of the population is expected to adopt car sharing as their primary mode of transportation. Break it down and you have millions of people saving billions of gallons of gas and oil. Factor in the savings and you've got an economic revolution.A penny saved, a community revived.Zipcar members save more than $500 (vs. car ownership). What would you do with an extra $500 a month? Many Zipsters put it back into their communities by buying local and sustainable products.We pride ourselves—and our members—on redefining what green looks like. We're not one kind of person, or a specific group of people. Everyone—from businessmen to freshmen is getting on board. Drive a hybrid, or even an BMW; around here they're all green.Ready to make an impact? Let's get you started
|Pedestrian car airbag by Volvo|
The Volvo V40 has installed the first airbag system aimed at protecting pedestrians. 7 sensors, a central control unit and a gas-charged, full-width air bag are brought together to create Volvo’s Pedestrian Airbag Technology.
Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Advisor Safety at Volvo Car Corporation says “We are proud to be able to offer a car with an airbag for pedestrians. The purpose of the airbag is to help protect pedestrians in certain situations when they impact the bonnet and the area around the windscreen wiper recess and A-pillar, where there may be a risk of serious head injuries,”. The system is designed to recognize a human body. The various sensors are able to detect if an object hit is a person’s leg so that the airbag is deployed as to prevent mayor injuries.