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Volvo V40 Comes With An Airbag For Pedestrians: Video

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The Volvo V40 that just debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show won't be coming to America, but one of its technology components might make the trip. The snazzy five-door hatch will arrive in Europe with a special airbag just for pedestrians.

Perhaps more than any other automaker, Volvo has worked to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from accidents involving pedestrians. The company launched a special pedestrian-avoidance system on its 2010 S60, and last year, Volvo began tweaking that technology to detect animals, too.

The V40 takes those concerns to a new level with a unique airbag designed to reduce pedestrian injuries in situations where the car's pedestrian-avoidance system is unable to avoid a collision.

When the V40's bumper detects that a pedestrian has been hit, the pedestrian airbag deploys from beneath the hood of the car, covering a substantial portion of the windshield. The device is constructed in a U-shape so the driver can maintain sight of the road and bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

Though the V40 isn't yet scheduled to appear on U.S. roadways, we wouldn't be surprised if this technology began appearing on other models -- especially since, as Volvo says, roughly 12% of traffic-related fatalities in America involve pedestrians.

For a quick overview of this technology in action, check out the video clip below, courtesy of Mashable.

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Comments (3)
  1. many freckin airbags does a car need to have to make it safe!! ENOUGHT ALREADY!!

  2. how much will it cost to reset/repair when you misjudge your garage length by an inch or so?

  3. Unknown, but in theory, it's tied to the built-in pedestrian system, so it shouldn't deploy unless that device confirms that you've hit someone. As for minor scrapes like the one you describe: the airbag probably wouldn't fire in the garage unless you hit that wall doing 30 miles per hour -- in which case, you'd have to reset the interior bags, too.

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