Naijauto.com got this fascinating update recently about the latest demonstration that ZF, a popular auto supplier gave last week showcasing its prototype of what would be the first pre-crash passenger safety system in the world featuring a ZF external side airbag that is aimed at providing an extra form of safety net in any event of a possible side-impact crash to a vehicle.
Auto Supplier ZF’s new side airbag safety system side-impact collision test
When commenting on this new development, ZF says;
"Side impact collisions are among the most dangerous type of road traffic accidents”
“accounting for nearly 700 deaths per year and nearly a third of all occupant fatalities on German roads”
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The working of this new safety system includes sensors which are usually mounted on the vehicle’s exterior and the system automatically inflates a very large airbag which contains between 280 – 400 litres of air (5-8 times the volume of air inside a standard airbag of the steering wheel) all within just 150 miliseconds from when the sensors detect possible collision – or to simply put “before you can blink your two eyes”.
See the side-impact collision test video of this new safety system by ZF;
ZF Demonstrates External Car Airbag Designed For Side Impact Accidents
This new-side airbags fill up that area lying between the A-pillars and C-pillars of the vehicle and it sure helps to reduce the penetration of any intruding car by up to 30%.
Unfortunately, ZF did not really provide many details on the time that this new system should enter production phase, but general car safety surely remains a very important pillar of on modern cars.