airbagsReported in 1951, Walter Linderer designed an airbag. Linderer filed German patent #896,312 on October 6, 1951 which was issued on November 12, 1953, approximately three months after American John Hetrick was issued U.S. patent #2,649,311 earlier on August 18, 1953
Airbags are one of the recent addition in the list of car safety features. These are mainly positioned in the centre of the steering wheel and above the glove box on the passenger side. These are associated with crash sensors that get
antilock bracesThe ABS was first developed for aircraft use in 1929 by the French automobile and aircraft pioneer, Gabriel Voisin, as threshold braking on airplanes is nearly impossible.
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) is one of the most significant armoury against road trauma. It prevents wheel lock up and eventually prevents skidding especially on wet roads. ABS helps reduce loss of traction in case of an emergency and also increases driver's ability to steer the car.
The system works based upon sensors controlled b
electronic stability controlIn 1987, the earliest innovators of ESC, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, introduced their first traction control systems. Traction control works by applying individual wheel braking and throttle to keep traction while accelerating but, unlike the ESC, it is not designed to aid in steering.
Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerized technology that improves car safety by detecting and preventing car skid. This innovative safety technology uses sensors that monitor the steering manoeuvre in accor
adaptive cruise controlMitsubishi was the first automaker to offer a laser-based ACC system in 1995 on the Japanese Mitsubishi Diamante. Marketed as "Preview Distance Control", this early system did not apply the brakes and only controlled speed through throttle control and downshifting
Adaptive cruise control is a technologically advanced version of the conventional cruise control system. It helps the driver to maintain the car speed in accordance to the traffic situations. It also helps the driver to maintain a pre-
Active Head RestraintsIn 1997, SAAB introduced the SAAB Active Head Restraint (SAHR) in the all-new 9-5 vehicle as a first application of crash-activated systems to mitigate whiplash injuries.
Active head restrains play its role when the car is struck from the rear. In such a case it causes a sudden movement of the occupant's back against the seat. It consists of a pressure plate and a pivot system in the seat back properly positioned behind your head. In case of an accident when the body of the passenger moves into