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Check Out The World’s First External Side Airbags [Video]

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Exterior airbag could be the next big thing in auto safety.

Having already filled the interiors of our cars with airbags, automakers are thinking outside of the box more so than ever to make driver and passengers even safer. German car parts maker ZF gas come up with an external airbag system that greatly mitigates the severity of side impact crashes.

Mounted in the sill of the vehicle and runs from the A to C pillar, ZF’s external side airbag uses cameras, lidar and radar to detect a side impact and inflates within 150 milliseconds before the actual impact. Traditional airbag, on the other hand, inflate after an impact is detected.

ZF says its external airbag system can reduce the severity of a side impact collision by up to 40 percent.

“We highlighted that this safety system has the potential to significantly reduce occupant injury severity in cases of side impact collisions,” states Uwe Class, Head of the Safe Mobility Systems department, within ZF’s Advanced Engineering team.

The external airbag system is still in the prototype phase, but don’t be surprised to see it in cars of the future.

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GM’s ‘Buckle To Drive’ Lock System Forces Driver To Wear Seatbelt

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The system prevents the vehicle from shifting into gear if the driver seatbelt is not secured.

General Motors has added a new ‘Buckle to Drive’ feature to its growing range of teen-driver safety technologies.

Called Buckle to Drive, the industry-first system is so simple that we’re surprised it tool so long for it to become mainstream. As a more strict and more effective seatbelt enforcement method than an annoying chime and reminder lights, it does not allow the driver to shift out of park for 20 seconds if his or her seatbelt isn’t secured.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States and teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared with other age groups.

When GM ‘s researchers piloted the new feature on a select number of fleet vehicles, seat belt usage among adults increased 16 percent over the regular audible chime.

The technology will launch in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse before rolling to other new GM vehicles. It must be activated via vehicle’s Teen Driver mode.

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Tesla Vehicles Get A Sentry, Plus Dog-Safe Mode

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Potential thieves will have to deal with a classical German composer.

Tesla has introduced a new ‘Sentry Mode’ security feature and a dog-friendly mode that should make its vehicles even more interesting than they already are.

Sentry Mode keep an eye on the car by using the vehicles’ 360-degree cameras to record any potentially mischievous individuals in the vicinity. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the car will automatically play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor if there is any disturbance.

Engineers also built upon the Cabin Overheat Protection system, which keeps the interior at a safe temperature for hours when the car is off.

As for doggie, the Model 3, Model S and Model X now have a dedicated “dog mode” that plays music and keeps the air conditioner activated when your canine friend is in the vehicle alone. It also displays a message that reads reads “I’m fine my owner will be right back” on the touchscreen, a provision likely intend to help avoid insurance claims if a concerned citizen or police officer mistakenly feels the need to break into the vehicle to rescue an animal.

All of the features were implemented via over-the-air software updates, so no need to buy a new Tesla to have them.

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Is Your Car Ready For The Holiday Season?

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The most important thing every holiday season is your safety.

The holidays are here, and with it comes a lot of errands to fulfill. However, whether you’re driving several hours to spend time with family or braving the roads for last minute gifts, it’s important to never forget about your safety on the road, especially when considering the increased incidences of accidents caused by wet and icy roads.

One critically important tip is to make sure your car is prepared. Even if you are the proud owner of a reliable Volvo with all the safety bells and whistles, it must be in optimal driving condition for winter conditions.

Now, you may think about going to a service station, but have you ever considered doing it all on your own instead? Assuming you have the necessary skills, doing so could spare you lots of time and money.

If you do decide to prep your Volvo yourself, you will need to find all the necessary spare parts that are compatible with your car. Places like sparepartstore24.co.uk provide a huge assortment of all the spare parts you might need for you vehicle, including a large selection of brake system parts, filter parts, engine parts, suspension parts, steering parts, electric parts, heater parts, oils and fluid parts, repair kits, pipes and hoses, exhaust system parts, body parts, lights and mirrors, transmission parts and bearings and seals.

It does not matter you’re looking for — all you have to do is search for the particular item on their domain, and you will surely find it.

Don’t hesitate to get your car ready for winter road conditions to help make sure you and your beloved ones stay safe on the road this holiday season.

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