DETROIT — Normal Motors has been granted a U.S. patent for an exterior airbag designed to guard pedestrians throughout a crash.
The airbag pops out of the A-pillar and covers the windshield. It’s expelled from a fender flap to cushion the windshield wipers and “different sharp items” towards the entrance of the automobile, The Reality About Automobiles web site reported earlier this month. The patent, filed in April 2014, was greenlighted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace on Dec. 5.
“GM is wanting on the huge image. The corporate has made an enormous deal about a few of their small vehicles having 10 airbags to show they’re safer, and break the stereotype of small vehicles not being protected,” Dave Sullivan, product evaluation supervisor at AutoPacific Inc. informed the Detroit Free Press in a narrative printed Friday. “GM continues to implement airbag know-how in methods we have not seen from different automakers.”
GM is the newest automaker to make strides on pedestrian safety know-how. Equally, Mercedes-Benz obtained a patent in August for an A-pillar airbag.
Subaru’s pedestrian airbags debuted in its redesigned Impreza, which went on sale in Japan in October 2016; Volvo in 2012 showcased the V40 five-door hatchback, which featured a pedestrian airbag that covers the windshield in a similar way.
GM didn’t disclose how attainable crashes can be detected to set off airbag deployment.
“It’s a promising know-how however we now have no particular manufacturing plans presently,” GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey informed the Free Press. The automaker declined to remark additional for Automotive Information.
The airbag addresses a problem that accounted for 15 % of visitors fatalities in 2015, federal security company NHTSA reported.