Safety Technology in Vehicles

  • Seat belts

    Seat belts
    The first seat belt was issued on the 10th of February, 1885 in New York by Edward J. Claghorn. The selt belt consists of hooks and other attachments. By wearing the seat belts passengers in the car can be held back to fixed objects preventing them from flying and taking serious injuries including death due to sudden stops and crashes.
  • Anti-lock braking system

    Anti-lock braking system
    The ABS was first introduced to trucks and the Mercedes-Benz S-class in 1936. The ABS prevents the wheel from getting out of control during sudden and fast brakes which prevents collisions and accidents. However the ABS can backfire when driving at fast speeds you may lose control of the car. ABS's usually includes brakes assist which senses emergency braking by the speed and force of the car at which the driver presses the brakes and boosts the power as needed.
  • Padded Dashboard

    Padded Dashboard
    In 1947, the Tucker Torpedo becomes the first car ever to have a padded dashboard. The padded dashboard was created so that it can reduce facial and chest injuries from sudden stops, crashes and frontial collisions. During a car crash because of the impact of the collision passengers in the car will be pushed forward forcefully resulting in all sorts of injuries even death but the padded dashboard can reduce this impact dramatically and therefore lighten the injuries and save lives.
  • Airbags

    Walter Linderer designed an airbag on the 6th of October, 1951 but it wasnt till the 12th of November, 1953 that it was issued. The air bag was consisted of of a compressed air system which could be either released by the crash or by the driver. The airbags were designed so that people wouldn't hit things like the steering wheel giving people head injuries from the impact. When a crash happens an airbag will appear to prevent/lighten the impact of head injuries.
  • Tire-Pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

    Tire-Pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    The TPMS was introduced by the European market with the Porsche 959. Tires under-inflation increases the chances of crashes and the introduction of TPMS can prevent this from happening. There are two types of TPMS one direct and one indirect. The direct one places a sensor inside each wheel that measures the tire pressure and warns the driver when the tires are exceeding its limits. The indirect one determines air loss by counting wheel revolutions.