Volvo V40 with ‘pedestrian’ airbag system [Video] image

Volvo cars have always been considered the safest in the world. And now the Swedish automobile manufacturer has introduced the first airbag for pedestrians!

Yes – The 2013 Volvo V40 offers the world the first pedestrian airbag system. Making its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the five-passenger hatchback features front bumper sensors that register the physical contact between the car and a pedestrian.

A Volvo spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘When a pedestrian is hit along the width of the front bumper beam, the airbag is activated from the lower part of the windscreen and lifts the rear edge of the bonnet to create additional free space in the engine compartment.

Volvo claims the device can save lives in 85 per cent of accidents where individuals would otherwise be killed by the impact.

Volvo has also equipped the hatchback with a lane keeping aid which actively assists drivers stay on course, and sensors to assess if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of a car.
Production of the new Volvo V40 starts in May 2012. The car will be built in Volvo Car Corporation’s plant in Ghent, Belgium.

Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed or seriously hurt on roads in 2010 in UK, many through head and chest injuries from the uprights.