Home / Automotive / News / Video: GM paten...

VIDEO: GM PATENT EXTERNAL AIRBAG IDEA


Date: 2017-12-31
autonomous vehicle development, Airbags, GM, Volvo, Automotive, News,SXdrv,

autonomous vehicle development, Airbags, GM, Volvo, Automotive, News,SXdrv,

As autonomous vehicle development continues at a rapid pace, lots of the component technology needed to make driverless cars a reality is already finding its way into the models we're driving right now. A large amount of it so far is concentrated on safety, and understandably. It now appears GM is working on a new safety feature aimed at protecting pedestrians. 

Like any businesses, automakers like to keep their latest new developments close to their chest until they want to make them public, but they can't stop people looking at filings to the U.S. Patent Office, which is where news of these pedestrian airbags has emerged from.  

These external airbags for protecting pedestrians from collisions appear to be located at the front side of a vehicle and are hidden behind a "discrete door," which is located at the top of the wing just underneath the hood and just in front of the A-pillar.

Dated December 5, and originally filed for patent protection in 2014, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent to GM Global Technology Operations LLC, and in the documents, it's being described as a "fender-located pedestrian protection airbag."

Tom Wilkinson, a spokesman for GM, recently told the Autoblog website the company had nothing to announce about the patent at the moment but confirmed: "the pedestrian protection airbag could become an important engineering solution in the future."

This isn't the first time a pedestrian airbag has been thought of by a motor manufacturer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Volvo was actually the first manufacturer to try and protect the pedestrian with an outside airbag at the base of the windshield of the 2013 V40, which worked in conjunction with a pedestrian detection system. Now Volvo appears to have decided to stick with advanced pedestrian detection systems instead of external airbags.

Check out the video below of Volvo's pedestrian airbag in action.



Article Tags: SXdrv News Automotive Volvo GM Airbags Autonomous vehicle development

Recommended


You may also enjoy...

sxdrv mercedes a class 2018 new car amg 180d 220 a45 geneva motorshow newcar hot hatch

New 2018 Mercedes A-Class – a celebration of tech wizardry!...

8 hours ago

autonomous cars detroit michigan uk collaboration sxdrv news future 2021 concept

UK and Michigan to collaborate on driverless cars...

11 hours ago

volkswagen vw vdub r I.D. R Pike Peak 2018 hill climb hillclimb motorsport news sxdrv electric

671bhp Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak revealed...

13 hours ago

sxdrv new model V8 Vantage 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 Touring Superleggera Vanquish S Superleggera DBS Aston Martin Aston Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Vanquish replacement to be called the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera...

1 day ago

Premium Partners

DevmocoDivicii InternationalFujifilm
favicon
sxdrv.com © 2018