Hyundai has just announced the development of new safety tech that could revolutionize airbags as we know them. The Korean carmaker is planning to eventually mass-market the world’s first multi-collision airbag system.
In a multi-collision accident, the primary impact is followed by a secondary one with a surrounding object like a tree or street sign. This, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), occurs in roughly three out of 10 accidents.
Right now, airbags don’t offer secondary protection if the initial impact isn’t enough to cause them to deploy. Hyundai’s technology detects the occupants’ position after the initial impact, then recalibrates the necessary collision intensity for deployment. Doing this, Hyundai says, allows the airbags to activate more quickly during the secondary impact.
“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” says Hyundai’s Chassis Technology Center head Taesoo Chi. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”