ZF has developed an external side airbag system capable of being deployed in milliseconds before a vehicle collision to provide an additional lateral crumple zone. This system is connected to the vehicle’s sensor systems and uses connected cameras, radar and lidar to identify a potential impact, while algorithms within the software decides whether or not the deployment of the airbag is beneficial. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
“If all these decisions are affirmative, the system ignites the inflators to fill the airbag which expands upwards from the side sill to form an additional crumple zone in the door area between the A and C pillars. In the video, ZF’s external airbag seems to work fine but the demonstration would have probably been more telling if the company used an actual car instead of a seemingly frail rig to t-bone its external airbag-equipped car,” reports Car Scoops.