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As proof of just how quickly automotive technology can advance, just check out the Volvo V40. Developed with an external airbag aimed at better protecting pedestrians in the event of a collision, this innovative safety device could be phased out soon in place of more advanced active safety technologies like pedestrian detection and auto braking.

Go Auto had a chance to talk to Volvo senior VP Lex Kerssmakers at the Tokyo Motor Show, and he suggested that the V40's under-hood airbag will not be used on the next-gen XC90 and might not even be continued on non-SUV models. The passive airbag was designed to deploy at speeds of less than 31 miles per hour to help limit head injuries to pedestrians, but new active technologies are designed to prevent collisions in the first place.

The interview also reveals some details about the new XC90, such as the inclusion of a plug-in hybrid system and the debut of a new safety technology. Kerssmakers told Go Auto that a new Volvo concept will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but it won't be for the XC90.


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      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt that the technology is cost justified, more chances than not that the pedestrian will be killed if a car strikes them with or without airbags. If you ever seen what happens, if the initial impact does not get them , the landing certainly will. Pedestrians only have a chance in low speed occurrences
      clquake
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you walk out in front of a car because you have to get that tweet or text in, that's nature's way of saying you shouldn't reproduce.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo's whole schtick is being safer than competitors so I understand their motives. But folks are right - there is only so much you can do if the driver is drunk and speeding or the pedestrian walks out into an intersection in front of traffic...
      Gator
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo, please, just stop. This is just ruining cars. Every one has already lifted cars from 2010, which is ugly. Why don't we just prevent pedestrian hits, that is more cost effective. AND, it's simple physics, getting git by a car will never be safer PERIOD. You will always get hurt or die if speed and lack of control is involved
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great idea, not only can you save a life...................more importantly you can save yourself a lot of jail time (if you are drunk or something, vehicular homicide vs. just an injury) you van also save on lawyer fees if the guy hit does not suffer serious injuries. But one think i will say is that auto companies would be better served spending money on automation, computer will be much less likely check the facebook and would stop on time and not hurt anyone.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol get ready for uglier, heavier cars.
      Jobu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh great, soon to be mandated I guess. I can't wait to be driving slowly at 5 MPH somewhere only to have my brakes locked up by some ass clown who decided it would be neat to paint the inside of my windshield 'coffee colored' by throwing a ball in front of my car.
      Shane
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks comfy.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      They're not continuing it because they are realizing that nobody is willing to pay extra for it. Some people are willing to pay extra for features that make it safer for them. This kind of thing could only fly if it were required by government mandate. We may give lip service to technologies or practices that benefit the greater good, and we may ask our politicians to push everyone to adopt them but when it comes to practicing them ourselves, especially when doing so comes out of our own wallets, we are generally much more narcissistic they we would like to admit. Safety features such as pedestrian detection and auto braking make it safer for both strangers and the customer, so they are more likely marketable.
        Mallthus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        That's not true, actually. Rules in the EU are mandating these sorts of changes. Volvo's moves indicated they've figured out another (likely cheaper) way of meeting the Euro NCAP standards. http://www.euroncap.com/Content-Web-Page/ed4ad09d-1d63-4b20-a2e3-39192518cf50/pedestrian-protection.aspx
      • 1 Year Ago
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