Volvo V40 Features World’s First Pedestrian Airbag, With Video

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Days ago Volvo unveiled their V40 hatchback, the most modern weapon in their arsenal, at the Geneva Motor Show. The hatchback portrays the youthful new design language that the Swedish carmaker has adopted. Apart from infusing some excitement into the brand, the new V40 also boasts of a world first technology. The Swedish carmaker, known the world over for its safety technologies, has equipped the V40 with world’s first pedestrian airbag system.

The technology features an array of sensors in the front bumper which register the physical contact between the car and the pedestrian. The bonnet flips up slightly on detecting the impact, to make the pedestrian slide up, rather than bang into the windscreen. At the same time, the newly incorporated airbag gets inflated to cover the area under the raised bonnet plus approximately one third of the windscreen area and the lower part of the A-pillar. The raised bonnet and airbag are designed to reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries.

You may think that Volvo is going too far for safety, but that’s how the Swedish firm has been for ages – doing things which sound ludicrous to others. It’s a different story that everyone adopts them eventually.

But pedestrian airbag isn’t the only highlight of the V40’s safety net. Here’ the complete list of features you can see on the new car.

  • Park Assist Pilot – Automatically parallel parks with the driver only controlling brake and accelerator
  • Lane Keeping Aid – Makes the car keep its lane automatically
  • Enhanced Blind Spot Information System – Alerts the driver on detecting a vehicle / object in blind spot
  • Cross Traffic Alert – alarms you about traffic passing you from behind
  • Road Sign Information – capability to read road signs and act accordingly
  • Active High Beam – automatic switching between high and low beam
  • Adaptive Cruise Control & Distance Alert – helps keep safe distance
  • Pedestrian Detection – identifies pedestrians 80cm or taller
  • Collision Warning and auto brake – Applies brakes beforr collision if you fail to do so
  • City Safety – now active up to 50 km/h, applies brakes if the driver ahead slows down
  • Full set of crash safety features – including new knee airbag


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  • Karthikeyan Chidambaram says:

    Appreciate Volvo's unwavering commitment towards safety.. its a pity that none of these safety devices will work in India..

  • Pankaj Deshpande says:

    1st time in auto-world airbag for pedestrians!!