Autoliv developing first e-Scooter airbag
Automotive safety supplier company Autoliv are one step closer to providing a safer ride for e-scooter riders after initial testing was successfully performed on the company’s e-scooter airbag concept.
A global leader in vehicle safety systems, Autoliv already produce a range of airbags and seatbelts for vehicles as well as the Pedestrian Protection Airbag, the first airbag to deploy on the outside of a vehicle and designed to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision.
But now the Swedish company is focusing on the safety of e-scooter users, with a dramatic rise in e-mobility options recently leaving hundreds of thousands of users around the world exposed in the event of a collision with a vehicle.
Autoliv Chief Technology Officer Jordi Lombarte said the development of e-scooter protection systems was a natural step for the company, with the arrival of many new e-mobility providers causing a rise in transport casualties.
“In a world where there are still too many casualties in the transport system, and when society is evolving rapidly to new ways of mobility, Autoliv is researching new solutions to make the journey safer to anyone’s destination,” said Lombarte. “The first e-scooter test is a good example of the commitment of Autoliv to save more lives, exploring new solutions for one of the new ways of mobility.”
Initial results of the testing were positive according to Autoliv Vice President of Research, Cecilia Sunnevang, with results showing the airbags caused a reduction in injuries to the user’s head and chest.
“In the unfortunate event where a collision occurs between an e-scooter and a vehicle, the test airbag solution will reduce the collision force to the head and other parts of the body,” said Sunnevang. “The ambition to evaluate protection for e-scooters underlines Autoliv’s strategy to expand beyond occupant safety for light vehicles to safety for mobility and society.”
With the success of the initial testing, Autoliv will now look to partner with e-mobility providers to conduct further testing in real-world environments before hopefully implementing the product sometime in the near future.
Source: PRNewswire | Autoliv Performs First Crash Test of an E-Scooter Airbag
3 Feb 2020