September 30, 2011
GM brings industry’s first front center airbag and camera-based crash detection systemby ruchi
General Motors has introduced two safety innovations which are the first-of-its-kind in the auto industry. The first one is the camera-based crash-alert system which constantly keeps an eye out for possible crash scenarios. With this, they have also developed an airbag that inflated between the front seats.
The crash alert system tracks a vehicle’s proximity to others on the road by means of a camera and using beep sounds to alert the driver when he is at a risk of rear-ending a car or is drifting out of his lane. With this, there are dashboard lights too which would turn orange when the vehicle is drifting and red in the situation when it is tailgating. The red light will start flashing when a rear-end crash is near. This will debut in fall this year on the Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox as a $295 option on V6 engine versions of the crossovers’ highest trim levels, and then by next year, it will be available on four-cylinder, lower-trim Terrains or Equinoxes.
The front centre air bag on the other hand will help protect the driver m a far-side impact crashes. It will be introduced on the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevrolet Traverse midsize crossovers in the 2013 model year.