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.