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article imageDutch company creates airbags for cyclists and pedestrians

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 29, 2013 in Technology
A Dutch company has come up with a way to help better protect cyclists in the event of a collision with a car. How it works is the car deploys an airbag from its exterior as the accident is about to occur.
Airbags have long been used on the interior of cars, but a Netherlands-based company has developed an airbag that deploys from the exterior of the car.
According to Fast Coexist, the way it works is when a cyclist or pedestrian hits a car's hood, an airbag located under the hood inflates to cushion the blow of the collision for the individual biking or walking.
The new airbag also contains a camera under the rear-view mirror and sensors under the bumper that can detect anyone who might be coming into contact with the car; the airbag will deploy if it senses anyone.
TNO, the company who has developed this product, found
Screen shot from crash test done on recently developed exterior airbags  designed to protect pedestr...
Screen shot from crash test done on recently developed exterior airbags, designed to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
during crash tests last fall the dummies used in the collisions had "fewer and less severe injuries up to 45 percent of the time", reported Popular Science.
This is one of the latest of developments to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety. Another recent innovation by a Swedish company has been the "invisible bike helmet" that emerged last summer.
In the Netherlands, cyclist safety has become a prominent issue. As about a quarter of all of its population travels by bike, the chances of a biker (or pedestrian) being in an accident are higher.
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