The automaker's innovative technology extends safety to people outside of the car.

Swedish automaker Volvo introduced its 2013 V40 model at last week's Geneva Motor Show, which has added a number of new safety and support features to the vehicle's design, including world-first pedestrian airbag technology. This external airbag on the front of the car is designed to help protect pedestrians if there is a collision.

The new Volvo V40 has pedestrian detection with full auto brake, which can warn the driver if a person steps out in front of the car and automatically activate the brakes. If a collision with a pedestrian is unavoidable, the groundbreaking pedestrian airbag technology aims to mitigate the consequences. This newly developed feature uses sensors in the front bumper, which register the physical contact between the car and the pedestrian. The rear end of the bonnet is then released and simultaneously elevated by the deploying airbag, which covers the area under the raised bonnet, around a third of the windscreen and the lower part of the A-pillar. Together, the raised bonnet and the airbag will help to reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries. Thomas Broberg, senior safety advisor at Volvo, said:

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