Does your vehicle’s sunroof come with an airbag? This may be the first time you’ve ever heard that such a thing actually does exist. Since safety often tops the priority list of all car manufacturers, automotive parts suppliers are relentlessly seeking new innovations to offer to their clients.
Enter Hyundai Mobis, which brings to us what is now known as the very first airbag for your car’s panoramic sunroof. This may take a long while to be seen everywhere as the company will be focusing on premium SUVs at the moment. If eventually this becomes available worldwide, we believe these special airbags will further raise our standards for safety.
But why place it over your head? Well, its main concern is to prevent occupants from being ejected out of the vehicle’s panoramic sunroof in case of a rollover accident. At the time of an emergency, the sunroof airbag can deploy in as quick as 0.08 second which is pretty similar to what the side-curtain airbags on most vehicles accomplish. Hyundai Mobis’ patented technology will work whether the sunroof is closed or open to keep passengers safe no matter what. Imagine an airbag that goes down from the back and moves forward to cover the entire panoramic glass roof. That’s how it works.
This new development happens to coincide with the numerous reports regarding Hyundai’s panoramic glass sunroof exploding unexpectedly, causing injuries to some of its passengers. According to Consumer Reports, there were around 859 cases reported involving such accidents from 1995 onwards. It should be noted however that Hyundai Mobis’ sunroof airbag was not specifically developed as an answer to this problem.
At any rate, panoramic sunroofs with added safety features isn’t a bad idea as the demand for new technology grows at a steady pace. Many automakers have been installing extensive glass roof panels in their cars lately and it would be more than cool if these sunroofs come with an airbag. Moreover, Hyundai Mobis is anticipating an increase in annual sales with this type of airbag, signifying there really is a great market potential for this new safety feature.
However, it appears that the sunroof isn’t the only place to put on those airbags, considering that other automakers have their own takes too when it comes to this matter. Mercedes-Benz as we already know has patented an external airbag to protect pedestrians. Then there is Ford, which has been trying to consider putting up airbags to its tray tables in its autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, Porsche has patented an airbag to be mounted on its convertible’s A-pillars. So you see, with each of these automotive brands competing for attention, we’re definitely expecting the list to grow more.