No More Fender Benders

When it comes to passenger safety the airbag is one of the most significant devices to be introduced to the automobile in the last 50 years, & is responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. The frontal airbag design has broadened to include side, curtain & even knee airbags, but why not exterior airbags? Easpace is an exterior airbag system that uses radar to detect potential collisions, preventing minor structural damage. Simply replace the airbag & voila, you’re on the road again!

Designers: Da Wei Xing & Mei Yuan

17 Comments

  • Jarosław Ciupiński says:

    I’d love to park such vehicle. Imagine taking every cm into consideration and then out of nowhere the air-bag blows up.

    Will it work if someone is going at you with greater speed? Because when someone goes at you quite slowly not much would happen any way without such air-bag. To be honest, that air-bag could just create more damage on both sides.

  • Ajay says:

    I have got to get that in my car.

  • Can Koklu says:

    Obviously, the guy who came up with this has no idea how much airbags cost..

    When you’re in an accident, one of the costliest parts to get replaced is the airbag.. Compared to the price of a plastic bumper piece..

  • Quintin says:

    I was coming here to write the exact same thing.

    Also, consider the difference between protecting a human head from impacting a steering wheel and a car from impacting another car.

    This will probably only add a new spectacular sounding bang to a car crash (the airbag inflating and then exploding from the impact).

  • Charles says:

    Worse idea ever….

  • Maybe in little fender bender impacts are not so useful but it could
    be a great idea in my opinion if associated with google self driving
    car system, that could foresee the entity of the impact and decide if
    and where deploy the air bags.

    By the way:
    – external airbag cost should be much lower compared to an internal
    one because there are no delicate people faces involved.
    – airbags doesn’t explode after deploy, they deflate at a certain rate
    to maximize impact absorption.

    This is the idea I had few weeks ago:

    Reading around some interesting stuff about self-driving car.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=google-driverless-robot-car

    http://www.physorg.com/news205947823.html

    http://ncsu.edu/project/nsaudiovideo/pdf/airbag.pdf

    I was thinking that Google could develop something more legally and
    wide acceptable before introducing a complete automated car.

    For example in order to use and gain a massive amount of driving data
    G could use the hardware and software created to monitor and make
    decision to drive the car in a different way.
    In my opinion this way could be big external airbags for car-car collisions.

    The great problem of external airbags was the impossibility to foresee
    a crash and its entity, but Google automated driving system does it
    quite well.

    – External airbags would be a great way to reduce injuries and deaths.
    – There are no legal issues. You keep driving the car.
    – Could be sold in many different versions: -side only protection to
    complete 360 protection (number and position of airbags) – little
    add-on for older car – car maker collaboration to sell built-in
    system in new cars…
    – And last but not least: Google would have millions and more cars
    testing (internal simulation) G’s self-driving system and possibly
    sending a huge amount of driving data from all over the world.

    I think it could be a great deal and a step forward within the
    self-driving car roadmap.
    What do you think?

  • MDesigns says:

    How about giving us test runs of this? Only then can you qualify how effective this airbag would be. And if you are going to do the rear, why not the front and sides as well? By then you’d understand how expensive this idea would be. What gets me it that the product is promoted as a viable idea without testing.

  • Teto says:

    ahahah!what about the airbag cost???no!

  • Soloflight says:

    I’m sorry but it doesn’t make sense. Bumpers are already designed to absorbe this kind of small impact and an airbag like this one could be dangerous for pedestrians and futhermore, very expensive.

    Try again!

  • Jimmy C says:

    It actually makes a lot of sense. If the airbag is back there, there ends up being a whole lot less damage to the car.

  • mr.mind says:

    genius.
    besides some small problems, which will be fixed during creating a prototype:)

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