Ford’s airbag has an odd design

The airbags in the car’s roof deploy protective tubes around the occupants. According to Ford, the technology is suitable for a range of vehicle types.

The more unusual solutions for airbags have been on the outside of the car, with the intention of protecting pedestrians. Volvo already launched such technology with the V40 model around ten years ago – and Ford submitted a patent application for its own version in 2021, where the airbag is hidden behind the grill. It writes Motor Authority.

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Encloses the passengers

Now, however, Ford has submitted a patent application for an unusual system that protects the occupants. The airbags are located in the car’s roof, and in the event of an accident, the occupants are enclosed by a protective curtain of inflated, vertical tubes. It writes Motor Authority.

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Designed for self-driving cars

In some of the illustrations, four chairs are facing each other, and Ford designed the airbag based on a future mobility where the vehicle is self-driving.

Foto: United States Patent and Trademark Office

But according to the car manufacturer, their solution should be suitable for everything from sedans and SUVs to minibuses and pickups.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by

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