30 Jan '13, 4pm

Should Cars Have External Airbags to Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians?

Should Cars Have External Airbags to Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians?

Fast Company shows an airbag designed for cars that protects cyclists and pedestrians. Morgan Clendaniel describes it: The exterior airbags cover the lower portion of the windshield, creating a softer landing for a human skull flying through the air at 25 miles per hour than, say, a pane of glass. A camera positioned beneath the rear-view mirror can determine if the car is approaching any pedestrians or cyclists, and if sensors in the car’s bumper detect contact--here comes the airbag. Then it's the War on the Car in comments, with drivers saying "So.....car drivers should carry even more weight, cost and responsibility for the actions of irresponsible cyclists." and "Cyclists need to take the risk that roads were built for cars, and cars belong there.... not cyclists." In fact, drivers should be applauding these; studies have shown that drivers with antilock brakes follow...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/should-cars-have-external...

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