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Old 01-24-2024, 04:57 PM   #72 (permalink)
Isaac Zachary
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
The blunt nose made me think of this, but cars that have adaptive cruise or pedestrian braking sensors should just have an airbag that deploys from the bumper when the vehicle calculates it is not possible to slow below x MPH before impact. It might be possible to run into a brick wall at 20 MPH and sustain no damage at all (minus the blown apart bumper and airbag).

Airbags are located on the wrong side of the vehicle.
I think this could be possible. It's the calculating it on time that would be the most critical part of operation, but not at all impossible with today's technology.

Another solution would be to increase the crumple zone with another crumple zone that's designed to pop back out (basically: fit the airback onto the front of the car and just inflate after impact).
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