• Apr 22, 2008
Due to the continuing evolution of safety standards, high speed car-on-car impacts have made life better for everyone inside the cars. Now, even pedestrians get love from some car makers in the form of hoods that pop up when the car senses a pedestrian impact, so that the walker doesn't hit the engine block. Now, the Dutch Cycling Federation wants to know: what about us? The federation is asking for exterior airbags to protect cyclists in collisions with cars.
In a country where getting around by bike is the done thing, the federation estimates that external airbags on cars could save 60 cyclists and eliminate 1,500 serious injuries every year. The airbags they have in mind would be mounted on the hoods, which is where cyclists usually end up.

In case you're thinking "There's no way...", the Swedish company Autoliv Inc. has created an air bag that deploys from the A-pillars and extends over the hood to keep people from crashing down onto the engine block. It strikes us as a bit nutty to think that one day our cars could turn into giant bubbles to protect everyone everywhere in an accident, but hey, if it saves lives....

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, let's add on extra costs, pass them down to consumer, use more plastic (thus more oil...you lovely environmentalists you!), more weight, more regulation. Listen, if some schlamazal on a bike doesn't understand that he needs to be all the way to the right, well then he deserves to fly over my windshield. I promise I'll turn wipers on for that special asshole. I am exaggerating here yes, but nonetheless, we are saving entirely too many lives with are robbing planet of its valuable resources as we're doing it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All the way to the right is a relative term. For a car/truck/etc, yes, you could be scraping the curb your over so far right with no issues. For someone using much smaller width tires, we have to pay attention to things such as potholes, stones, sewer grates, debris, and the like. Again, if someone is meandering around the road, then they are an idiot, they're not doing anyone any good, and if you ask me, they should be treated just like any other dangerous driver and ticketed. Now if I have to move 3 feet away from the curb so I can be safe, then there's not much I can do, and the least that you can do is to give me room.

        As far as intersections go, you better believe that I'm going to take up a full lane. You know why? I've had an idiot driver turn right when I was next to them, and they never used their turn signals. I avoided an accident, but it's a mistake that's usually only made once.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok, lets put you in this situation, and ask you which one would be better.

        I'm the asshole driver and you're the cyclist, I hit you by accident and I drive away leaving you for dead.

        - OR -

        I accidently hit you and leave you (yes drive away cause im an asshole driver) with non-life threating injuries and higher chance of survival, because the airbag on the exterior of my car deployed.

        /sarcasm off
        • 6 Years Ago
        m,

        Fist off it isn't federal law, it's state law. And in my home state (NY), cyclists must keep right:

        ARTICLE 34 S 1234. Riding on roadways, shoulders, bicycle or in-line skate lanes and bicycle or in-line skate paths. (a) Upon all roadways, any bicycle or in-line skate shall be driven either on a usable bicycle or in-line skate lane or, if a usable bicycle or in-line skate lane has not been provided, near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder in such a manner as to prevent undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along near the right-hand curb or edge.

        http://www.massbike.org/bikelaw/statelaws.htm will show you every state
          • 6 Years Ago
          I agree with you about the deathwish thing, but if you look in that statement, it clearly states "upon ALL roadways". Seems to me on any type, single lane or not.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Amnigo... That's true in NYS for roads with a single lane in each direction. In NYS for roads with multiple lanes in a each direction, a bicyclist has full rights to take up a whole lane. Of course, only someone with a death wish would do so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        m,

        When comes to counting on the law or respecting Newton's laws, I'll go with Sir Isaac every time.

        Big things moving fast really hurt when they hit.

        In other words, when some kid talking on their cell phone hits you as you ride in the middle of the lane to which you are entitled, take it up with Sir Newton 'cause lawyers don't work with the dead.
      • 6 Years Ago
      we should just stop driving cars because of the safety issues is causes to sooooooo many....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Instead, it will be easier to fit airbags and seatbelts on the bicycles..what say? even caps and hats can be designed to house airbags which deploy when there is a sudden jerk or shockwave passing through the body...only disadvantage being that you need to think twice before you fart..

      cheers
      indiancarblog.blogspot.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow..the pillows..i mean airbags..look comfortable. =]
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, all of you cagers suck, you all don't know how to drive, and barely know how to text, which is what you seem to spend your attention on, judging what you're doing as you try to drive. I think all cages should have airbags on every bit of the outside, and no airbags inside, just spikes that come out of the steering wheel when you hit something, that would be about right! :-D
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does baffle me that, especially in light of rising gas prices and concern for depedency on oil and minimizing pollutants in the air, that someone would suggest this. More airbags in the cars means they will invariably be heavier, hurting fuel economy. The airbags themselves will be made of synthetic plastics and fabrics that will require oils to be used and add pollution to the air as the plastics are heated for molding and such. All this to "protect" the good citizen doing their part for the environment.........so we will waste more natural resources and cause more pollution to protect them. Wow......someone thought this out! Quite frankly if someone is so concerned why don't they car pool in a modern car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      a few cyclists are worth keeping something sacred in auto design
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want cars to be airbags with wheels.

      Everyone agree with me so we can get news coverage. :p
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wheels are dangerous. We need airbags for wheels as well. But they can't spin, as you don't want anything to get tangled up in them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While they're at it, why not ask for padded guardrails, utility poles, signposts, trees... or anything else they're likely to run into. Hell, even the road surface should be softer... they're gonna hit it pretty hard after bouncing off those airbagged cars. I dunno if any of you guys has ever fallen off a motorcycle, but it hurts like a mother and road rash is a bitch. Padded roads FTW!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it saves lives I say let's do it. I am crazy about cars but I love cycling as well, my father was and several of my best friends are cyclists. One of them recently hit a pothole that sent him careening into the side mirror of a new civic, I'm sure he would have appreciated an airbag instead of a hard lump of plastic as he was going about 20 mph.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Darwinism, baby.........

      I swear before long I am going to find myself a '76 Dart Lite, slant six 4 speed (26mpg fuel economy) and drive it forever. I think with some modern day tweaks I can get it over 30mpg on the highway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...and I want a brain installed inside the head of the cyclists. That truly would save lives.
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