The airbag in the trunk. Separate the objects from the passengers in the accident/U.S. Patent Office
Passengers with untethered or unnecessary equipment in the luggage compartment? You were lazy to take out the cooler, parasol, bike pump, or maybe just a toolbox or a sextet of water. Have you ever thought about the destructive potential that a can that falls out of your shopping bag can have when it flies forward into the skull of the car occupants?
We tend to attach importance to the belting of everyone sitting in the car and in the back seat, with the understanding that during an accident, God forbid, anything that is not tied or strapped may fly inside the vehicle and cause additional injuries than those of the accident. Ford apparently thinks there is room to improve safety in the rear seat as well and recently registered a new patent - an airbag for the cargo area.
The pillow chart in overview may also be suitable for commercialism/U.S. Patent Office
According to the patent description, the cushion designed in the shape of the letter H or U or C, whatever is convenient for you, will be stored on the floor of the car behind the second row of seats and in front of the trunk itself, and during an accident it will swell and create a buffer between the rear occupants and the flying cargo. Tensioners installed in the rear beams should help lift the cushion to a height above the heads of the rear passengers and absorb the objects that fly forward forcefully.
An additional application of these cargo airbags is also detailed, when they will be integrated into commercial vehicles, some of which do not have cargo space hermetically separated from the passenger compartment. So it may find itself reaching transit and vans such as the Conect and more in the future. Another advantage, secondary in importance, but certainly potential - is the ability to protect the goods in the vehicle in the event of an accident.
Like the previous patent of this manufacturer, which we told you about, the one that offers a vehicle control system even when driven standing in favor of driving in technical terrain with limited visibility - it is not clear whether this mechanism is something that will soon reach the vehicles, and if so, to which.
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