The first ever airbag – which was only for the driver – was introduced in a Mercedes Benz model in 1981. Modern airbags can deploy in less than one second and often feature front, side, curtain and knee airbags.
Blind Spot and Pedestrian Detection Technology
In 2004 Volvo first launched a Blind Spot Information System which assists drivers with lane changes to avoid collisions. The system combines reversing cameras and motion sensors.
In 2011, pedestrian detection technology was also released by Volvo. Working on similar principles and using auto brake technology, this system can stop your car at low speeds when a pedestrian is detected and you have failed to stop.