Continuing Evolution in Safety Systems
Takata Corporation has become first in the world to commercialize the airbelt, a new seat belt system in a passenger vehicle that inflates like an airbag at the time of impact to provide additional protection.
Inflating on impact from the side of the head and across the shoulder and chest, the airbelt is an entirely new passenger restraining system that protects the head in both frontal and side impacts.
In a frontal impact, the airbelt contracts in length as it expands, removing slack and thereby enhancing the effectiveness of its restraining function. In addition, the belt expands to spread the shock load over a wider area of the occupant´s chest, which helps to reduce injury. In a side impact, the belt inflates between the shoulder and head to reduce lateral head movement and provide protection from impact with the side window or colliding object.
Airbelt Deployment Videos
Slow Motion Deployment of Actual Airbag
Takata was the first company in the world to begin mass-producing airbags for motorcycles. These are installed on the rear of the gasoline tank and inflate between the handlebar and the rider to help absorb the energy of motion and reduce injuries that may result from the impact of the vehicle and road. Also, the center portion of the cushion is V-shaped to assist in the protection of the rider. Motorcycle airbags are among the larger cushions, even larger than the automobile´s passenger side airbags. As all vehicle airbags are "supplemental restraints" to seatbelt use, motorcycle airbags differ as they inflate instantaneously to help perform the role of restraining the rider´s forward motion.
Motorcycle Airbag Deployment Videos
Slow Motion Deployment of Actual Airbag
Pedestrian Safety - Pop-Up Hood Devices
Pop-up hood devices are designed to help reduce the seriousness of injuries to pedestrians as impact with a vehicle occurs. As sensors installed on the vehicle detect a collision with a pedestrian, the pop-up hood devices, located near the hinges on each side of the rear portion of the hood, raise the hood, angling it upward. These devices raise the hood and create a space between the engine and the hood. By changing the configuration of the hood these devices help absorb the collision force reaching the pedestrian´s head and may lessen the seriousness of pedestrian injuries.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Systems
Lane and road departure accidents account for a high percentage of traffic injuries and fatalities each year. Takata has developed and is marketing its new Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system to help drivers from unintentionally departing their lane or running off the road. Distracted drivers and sleepy drivers contribute heavily to this type of accident. Our LDW system provides accurate warnings to the driver before an accident occurs. This new product compliments Takata´s other electronic products, which include collision sensors, ECUs (Electronic Control Units), Occupant Classification Systems, and other safety related electronics.
These systems could become the "eyes" of the vehicle, helping to maintain safety and reducing the number of traffic accidents.
Pedestrian Head Protection Airbags
Airbag systems for the protection of the heads of pedestrians are intended to expand upon the protection by the pop-up hood device previously described. These systems help further develop Takata´s airbag technology.
When sensors installed on a vehicle detect a collision with a pedestrian, an airbag installed under the hood in the rear of the engine compartment deploys. It initially raises the hood, and inflates an additional airbag to cover the windshield sill frames and the pillar sections on each side. By covering the pillar sections, the airbags expand the protected area for the pedestrian which offers protection for a wider range of accident scenarios.
Front Center Airbags
From the passenger´s perspective, there are two possible types of side collisions. One occurs close to the occupant (the near side). The other happens on the opposite side from the occupant (the far side). Current available devices consider only near side scenarios. However, to better protect passengers from collisions from both sides, Takata´s front center airbags inflate between the left and right seats.