Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dutch Produce Vehicle Airbag To Protect Bicyclists/Pedestrians

Obviously, the best way to prevent injuries to bicyclists in collisions with vehicles is for drivers to slow down and be more observant and bicyclists to do the same, plus follow the rules of the road. However, that doesn't always happen so in the event that a car does hit a bicyclist, technology is trying to help minimize the damage.

A consortium in the Netherlands has been working on an airbag that would protect pedestrians and bicyclists in the event of a crash. The technology consists of a sensor on the front or bumper of a vehicle that alerts the car when it's approaching an object to either automatically apply the brakes or deploy an airbag on the front of the car.

The blog has the details.

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