Driving On The Sidewalk: Volvo's Pedestrian Airbag

March 12, 2012


You ever been hit by a car before? It's a day-ruiner, right up there with pouring cereal before realizing you're out of milk. It's hard to bounce back after that. And now Volvo is manufacturing V40's with a pedestrian airbag that deploys across the windshield in the event YOU'RE F***ING TEXTING AND HIT SOMEONE. Or maybe they were texting. The point is, someone was doing something they shouldn't. Also, I like how the airbag obstructs your view after deployment (but not actually enough to save somebody who lands in the middle), because hitting a pedestrian WILL stop your car and you won't just be blindly driving through the middle of an intersection at that point (fingers crossed they didn't skimp on seatbelts and interior airbags).

Hit the jump for a conceptual video of somebody being saved by the bag and not just flying over the top of the car like happens in real life. *knocking on plate in head*

Volvo's V40 car features airbags for pedestrians [wired.uk]

Thanks to Martin, who agrees you're gonna see a ton of these pedestrian airbags popping up on eBay because people will cut them out of their own cars to make a quick buck because "f*** other people, they shouldn't be walking in front of my car anyways", that's why.

  • white background again? do you guys never learn? goodbye for real this time :p

  • grimbldoo

    White background and less humor, did someone kill GW and take over?

  • my eyes!!!!!! it burns!!!!

  • BeastmanAIDS

    I foresee pedestrians being bounced into orbit.

  • whacko

    You wouldn't believe the number of windshields I have gone through due to pedestrian collisions. I mean seriously isn't the human body 70% water? Shouldn't they be softer when I hit them while crossing 3 lanes and a sidewalk in order to get to Starbucks?

    I am glad Volvo has finally invented a feature in order to protect me from having to get my windshield replaced every few months.


  • Thomas Williams

    Seriously, no more white background

  • Bring Back Black.

  • Jason Beson

    Was it really the windshield that was doing all the damage?!?

  • GeoffreyToday

    White again? Didn't learn the lesson last time? Back in Black please. 

  • down_grunger


  •  Dafuqs with the new impossible to read headlines?!

  • Trevor Troake

    dislike this new white background, doesnt feel right.

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