In plain English:
“The advanced airbag system immediately prepares for additional crashes once it recognises an initial collision, in cases where the collision is not serious enough to warrant a deployment, the conglomerate said in a statement.
If the first collision is a minor one but the vehicle continues on and collides with something else, such as trees or street lamps, the airbag system optimizes itself to prepare for additional crashes,” a company spokesman said over the phone.
Existing airbag systems do not inflate once it determines the initial collision is minor, even if subsequent impacts involve greater force and can lead to serious injury, it said.”
Hyundai’s press release contains a more technical explanation, but suffice to say, this is a landmark development in automotive safety. As described, I can see it being a lifesaver in pile-ups, rollovers or other severe collisions. Here’s hoping that Hyundai is able to roll this technology out as soon as possible across its range globally. I also hope they follow Volvo’s example, and do the right thing in making this technology freely available to use across the industry. Automotive safety is far more important than the money gained through patent licensing or royalty fees.
As a side note, this goes to show how rapidly the Korean automotive industry has improved in the last 20 years. From making cheap trash like the Hyundai Excel and being the bane of the wider industry, to being innovators in not only safety technology, but environmentally friendly vehicles as well, with models such as the Kona EV and the Nexo. I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the next 20 years.