Hyundai has revealed it is developing the world’s first multi-collision airbag system designed to improve airbag performance in multi-collision accidents.
In collisions where the primary impact is followed by impacts with secondary objects such as trees or other vehicles, known as a multi-collision impact, the current airbag system only offers protection when the initial impact occurs.
As many as three out of ten accidents are multi-collision accidents so Hyundai is designing an airbag system which will be able to deploy airbags should a secondary impact occur by calibrating the status of the vehicle and occupants.
Hyundai’s new technology is designed to detect the position of the occupants in the cabin following the initial collision. The multi-collision airbag system is also designed to deploy the airbags faster when initial safety systems are ineffective to provide additional protection to vulnerable drivers and passengers.
Recalibrating the collision intensity required for airbag deployment allows the airbag system to respond faster during secondary impacts thereby providing more protection to vehicle occupants.
“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of Chassis Technology Centre at Hyundai Motor Group.
“We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”
Hyundai has analysed numerous multi-collision scenarios in multilateral ways in an effort to improve airbag performance as well as precision in secondary collisions. The multi-collision airbag system is expected to be implemented in new Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the future.
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