Land Rover demonstrate pedestrian airbags
Airbags have protected drivers for years, and now they can help prevent injuries to pedestrians – Land Rover demonstrate pedestrian airbags for Discovery Sport.
Here’s how pedestrian airbags work in Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport:
On the face of it, anything that reduces injuries has to be welcome. But there’s always side effects. Two here – humans have an appetiite for risk, and as activities become safer will simply indulge in more dangerous behaviour, an effect known as ‘risk compensation’. So if you know that every car has pedestrian airbags, will you then take greater risks when crossing the road, safe in the knowledge you won’t be killed or injured? And don’t forget, the pedestrian may walk away, but the car will require repair.
Then there’s the aftermarket. Good luck fitting a bullbar, winch, driving lights and the like to the front of cars like this and the expecting the pedestrian airbag to work. Another small nail in the coffin of aftermarket modifications, which in their own way improve safety and capability.