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Above all else, Volvo is known in car circles as being the foremost innovator in technologies intended to improve the safety of its vehicles. While we most often think of the safety of a car's internal occupants, it's important to remember than a two-ton weapon of mass destruction moving at highway speeds is also extremely dangerous to pedestrians outside the car.

In addition to a new Pedestrian Detection system, Volvo has introduced the world's first external airbags on its new five-door V40. Located at the base of the windshield, the airbag deploys from a cavity that expands upward from the rear of the car's hood in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.

We like this solution to the strict European legislation for pedestrian safety, as it doesn't require significant changes to a car's overall styling while still helping to save lives. Check out a brief demonstration of the technology in a rendered video below, along with a related press release that covers all of the V40's safety equipment.Continue reading Volvo protecting pedestrians with airbags on outside of new V40 [w/video]

Volvo protecting pedestrians with airbags on outside of new V40 [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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^^ your statement makes no sense buddy as to why this was done. People are gonna get hit by cars, but why not make something that could possible lessen the injuries sustained or save the life of a child when this does happen.
 

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OK, wear full protective gear when you leave the house then. Helmet, full body pads etc. That way you will be more protected when you get hit.

All this adds weight and more crap and costs to a car when we are struggling to make them lighter and more efficient. If a pedestrian is paying attention, they would not get hit. You can't regulate carelessness and stupidity.

The article states a two ton weapon of mass destruction moving at highway speeds is extremely dangerous. REALLY?!! So why are pedestrians any where near?!

The world is a dangerous place. If you are careless and not paying attention you could die any day at any time. Yeah, great, this might save a life. I am all for that. I just don't like the regulation part. Pretty soon we will have so many regulations over every possible accident, you can't do anything any where.

The video even shows the girl looking the other way not paying attention.

I do see this being a larger problem in the near future due to electric cars though. Tougher to hear them coming. STOP LOOK LISTEN since 5 years old. You have to be paying attention.

Maybe I am wrong on this, but so be it.
 
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