- Mar 2, 2011
How being fat and old is the newest threat to auto safety
The systems that help keep us safe during a crash will need to be redesigned to cope with our ever-increasing mass and aging bodies. Seatbelts and airbags are being developed that can work with the larger, older occupants of future vehicles. Adaptive airbags and load-limited seatbelts will better conform to the person sitting in the seat.
As we travel down the road to our Wall-E style future, it's comforting to know that today's engineers are working to protect tomorrow's driving population. The solution to our weight problem is, of course, to battle the ever-expanding waistlines found throughout our nation. That, however, is easier said than done. Let's just hope that the four-wheeled products that result don't resemble sculptor Erwin Wurm's 'fat car' series, as shown above.
Now if you'll excuse us, a 20-piece Chicken McNugget meal is calling from the kitchen. Oof, that's an awfully far walk for our aging bones, though.
[Source: Ward's Auto | Image: Dorotheum]