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Swedish automaker Volvo has always been known for manufacturing some of the world’s safest vehicles. But now Volvo is looking to not just protect the passengers in the car, but the pedestrians roaming the streets.
We all know accidents happen, and try as we might to prevent them with technology – it’ll still happen because we’re human beings. Volvo is hoping when those accidents happen, they can help prevent serious injury by offering the world’s first Pedestrian Airbag System. That’s right, the poor guy or gal getting hit by a Volvo will land on a fluffy, cushy airbag rather than the hard hood or even worse, the glass windshield.
The Volvo V40, unveiled at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show, will be equipped with the Pedestrian Airbag System alongside its Pedestrian Detection technology that will hopefully prevent a collision with a pedestrian in the first place.
Other automakers have tweaked the design of their hoods to soften the blow of a pedestrian collision, but the Volvo system will detect a vehicle-to-pedestrian accident and respond similar to a vehicle-to-vehicle collision. The system sensors will trigger the section of the hood closest to the windshield to pop up slightly and a U-shaped airbag will deploy from underneath, forming a cushion around the base and sides of the windshield and A-pillars.
Hopefully there aren’t any accidental deployments of the Pedestrian Airbag System – like say, hitting a rock on the freeway while traveling 65-mph. That wouldn’t be good at all.
Watch videos of these new pedestrian-safety technologies from Volvo below.
It seems like no one can wait until the official debuts of vehicles nowadays. The 2013 Volvo V40 has already been teased before ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, and now we’re getting a real good look at its official photos and even a pair of commercials promoting the upcoming model.
Along with some high quality photos of the new five-door hatchback, this round of leaked photos gives a first look at the V40′s interior, which shows off a lot of new improvements in both design and organization.
The V40 is expected to sport a 1.6L four-cylinder of some sort with anywhere from 120, 150, or 180-hp. We also expect a diesel to be popular in Europe in either 1.6L or 2.0L fashion.
Watch a promo video and a commercial for the V40 below.
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40
Pictures of the new Volvo V40 hit the internet again today, this time in greater detail than before. The pictures were scanned from a copy of Swedish magazine Motor & Sport and ran on autosites like wildfire.
The V40 won’t sell in the U.S. but will sport customer’s choice between a 1.4- or 2.0-liter engine and optional all-wheel drive. The safety features they’re known for will also be on board, for example: their City Safety technology will be available.
From what we’ve gathered, the car will measure 177.2 inces, which puts it about a foot longer than a VW Golf. The official debut will take place on March 6 at the Geneva Auto Show, where we’ll br bringing you coverage of the show.
For now, browse the photos in our gallery below.
GALLERY: Volvo V40 leaked images