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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A new pre-crash safety system prototype developed by ZF uses an external side airbag deployed milliseconds before a collision.
It provides an additional lateral crumple zone, which can help save lives and reduce occupant injury severity by up to 40 percent.
To make this possible, ZF has networked the airbags to the vehicle’s sensor systems and developed algorithms that are designed to determine if a crash is imminent and decide whether or not to deploy the airbag.