Danish Design Company Working On Exterior Airbags
As biking becomes more popular in the U.S., car-on-cyclist accidents continue to be a major issue for all. A one-year study in Portland, Oregon, found that out of 1,000 cyclists, 18% suffered at least one injury, and 30% of those injured required medical attention. What to do? How about this: Take the airbag technology used to protect occupants inside, and move it to the outside. Danish design company TNO is working on this, and is getting a financial boost to the tune of 1 million euros from the Dutch government to develop a new breed of exterior airbags. In the Netherlands, where bicycles are abundant, approximately 200 cyclists (and 70 pedestrians) are killed each year after being struck by a car. If a car is going faster than 25 mph – a collision with a bicyclist is usually fatal. Helmets don’t help much during an impact of 12 mph or greater. TNO considered at every detail of a cycle crash, specifically at the impact points at an automobile’s front end, concluding that automatic braking and external airbags positioned at the bottom of the windshield would reduce the severity of crashes radically. Using evidence from a camera mounted on the rear-view mirror, the system preps for a collision, and if the car strikes a bicyclist, the airbag will inflate and cushion the rider’s impact on the windshield. The camera diagnostics that initiate the automatic braking and airbag deployment are the result of a year’s testing while driving through major Dutch cities in a camera-equipped car. After all those near-misses with pedestrians and cyclists, the system has been adjusted to kick in only when it calculates a high risk of collision. For Volvo, this is nothing new. The 2013 V40 already has this feature, but the machinery won’t be making its way across the Atlantic. So until this becomes standard, keep your helmet on and your lights blinking. Bicycle accidents are becoming more and more of an issue on a daily basis. Do you think by adding airbags to the outside of vehicles, that it will lower accident totals? Adding more education for cyclists/pedestrians/ and yes even drivers will help decrease accidents over all, especially with this new added technology. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by calling (888) 467-0312 or visit us online at http://www.oliveroslaw.com with all your legal needs.