Volvo Announces Car-Enveloping Airbag Technology
Called External Vehicle Protection (EnVeloP), the new safety system which contains a folded-in, vacuum pulled balloon of similar material to existing airbags. According to Volvo, the baloon unfolds almost instantly in case of a collision enveloping the car to help minimize damage and personal injury.
"This new safety feature is the embodiment of the Volvo brand philosophy, Designed Around You. All we did was taking a very literal approach to Designed Around You. Instead of finding new areas inside the car where we could add more airbag-like safety systems, we asked ourselves: why not cover the complete car in an airbag-like solution?", Thomas Broberg, Senior Technical Adviser Safety at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre, said today, April 1st.
When will the External Vehicle Protection system be available on our cars? As soon as the Swedish automaker finds out if it can be fitted on their vehicles.
Editor's note: *chuckles*