• Jun 6, 2008



First came driver airbags, then passenger airbags. Side airbags were followed by curtain airbags. Then knee airbags appeared. With many vehicles on the road already equipped with six or more airbags for passenger safety, and seemingly no interior room left for additional inflatable supplemental restraints, Toyoda Gosei (it's an offshoot of Toyota) is showing a prototype fitted with airbags designed to protect pedestrians--yes, those "innocent victims" outside the vehicle. With a large exterior airbag on each end of the hood (one for the initial hit on the thigh, the other to cushion the secondary skull impact), and even an airbag inside the rear hatch, Toyoda Gosei is touting the concept as having "360-degree airbag protection." Effective or not, we question why the responsibility of pedestrian safety is shifting from the traveler on foot to the driver behind the wheel. Can't we just teach people to stay out of the the street? Thanks for the tip, Diego!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Great logic - why have air bags at all?
      I also question the responsibility of driver safety shifting from the driver to the car. Can't we just teach people to drive better and always stay in their lane?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If there were a law that makes it obligatory for drivers to run over jaywalkers, and that the driver will be prosecuted only when they FAIL to so do, I swear we would see less pedestrian accidents. Imagine knowing that you will most definitely be hit if you took the risk of jaywalking, would you still do so? Counter-intuitive, but it'd work.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting. However a law like that one would add an additional legal loophole through which careless or reckless drivers could be exonerated. Also, I'd see people jaywalking on purpose a comfortable distance in front of underpowered cars like Yarises, getting away with it, and having an accomplice prosecute the driver who failed to run over the jaywalker. It'd be a mess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      protect the groceries!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Airbags for pedestrians are the most stupid idea to date. It is like saying I won't cause physical harm when I hit you with a baseball bat wrapped with foam. Epic Fail!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you hit someone with a foam-wrapped baseball bat, you'll cause less harm than with a "raw" bat.

        Let's try an experiment: run as fast you can, head down, into a brick wall with a big foam pad on it. It'll hurt, but you'll probably be ok. Now, do the same, but run into a naked brick wall.

        See the difference? Now, imagine you can run at 35-80km/h.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesnt VOLVO have like twice that many airbags?
      Just that Volvo has always bean the safety-nut.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much would it cost to replace all those deployed airbags after an accident??
        • 6 Years Ago
        ten bucks if your in india lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        and in return, you also get a Tata Nano as a complimentary gift..... lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      More cushion for the pushin'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, securi-foam.

      "then the car just turned into a giant canoli..." [/sly]
      • 6 Years Ago
      I forgot....I'm sure Greg will never post something like that again. Simple research would answer the question. I work in automotive and TG is one of my customers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So, does this actually have any affiliation with Toyota?

      I know that Toyota in reality is actually Toyoda, the surname of the company's creator, but is this car actually related?

      In fact, I wonder whether Toyota should have kept the Toyoda name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't we just drive cars with front and rear ends made out of memory foam? We can all just bounce off each other. And they'll reform back to shape after the impact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually not a bad idea. My wife was run down by a guy making a fast left and not looking at all where he was going. That she survived without serious injury was more luck than anything--a lot of people end up dead or grievously injured.

      And before you ask, yes, she was crossing at a three-way stop and had "white hand" signal. Or so she's been told, the brain swelling did in much of her memory of that day.

      Mechanisms like these are designed to reduce the total force that a human body absorbs in such a collision. Not only does it cut down on trauma of the immediate impact, it reduces the reflection force--the energy that throws you back to the pavement--reducing the likelyhood of your head cracking off the pavement at high velocity.

      I've only need hit while cycling, and while it hurt, it wasn't nearly as bad as a direct strike. Personally, I feel that even if the pedestrian is at fault, no one deserves a lifetime of physical pain or brain malfunction. I hope these show up in more cars.
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