Hyundai developed airbags that can handle multiple collisions

first_imgEnlarge ImageGiven how long airbags have been around, it’s a little surprising it took someone until 2019 to figure out a multiple-collision solution. Hyundai According to Hyundai, three out of every 10 collisions involve secondary collisions with other objects. So Hyundai developed an airbag system that hopes to protect you beyond the first hit.Hyundai announced on Monday that it has developed and intends to commercialize a multi-collision airbag system, which the automaker claims is the first of its kind. In essence, it acts like a normal airbag, inflating to prevent injuries during a collision, but it’s unique in the sense that some airbags will deploy upon a second collision, as well.The tech depends on detecting movement of the occupants during and following the first collision. It can change the deployment strength of different airbags based on a person’s position, attempting to mitigate any potential injuries incurred in secondary crashes. “By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Center, in a statement. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”According to Hyundai’s research, cars crossing the center line create the greatest opportunity for multi-stage collisions, followed by sudden stops at toll gates and sideswiping. The automaker didn’t say when this tech would reach production, only that it would eventually end up in both Hyundai and Kia vehicles, since the tech is too potentially important to relegate to a single half of Hyundai Motor Group. 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV is big in Korea, and everywhere else 72 Photos Hyundai Kia Hyundai Tags Preview • 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Croc eyes, family-friendly SUV heart Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshowcenter_img 1 Share your voice Review • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous News • 2020 Hyundai Palisade, Widebody Chargers and more: Roadshow’s week in review Auto Tech Future Cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2020 Hyundai Palisadelast_img read more

Footage Shows Fatal Shooting of MarcusDavid Peters by Richmond Police

first_imgBy SARAH RANKIN, Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Body-camera video released Friday of the fatal police shooting of a Virginia man shows him emerge naked from a car and dash onto a highway, where he flails erratically before running toward the officer while shouting threats.Richmond police Chief Alfred Durham asked the community for patience as the May 14 fatal shooting of Marcus-David Peters, a 24-year-old unarmed Black man, along a busy stretch of Interstate 95 remains under investigation.Richmond Police Chief, Alfred Durham, gestures during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)“Let the investigation take its course, please,” Durham said.Peters’ family, meanwhile, said the video shows he needed help, and they asked why the officer didn’t use other non lethal force after trying a stun gun instead of shooting him.The confrontation began after an officer observed Peters hit another vehicle with his sedan and flee, according to police. The body-camera video picks up with Peters’ car in a brush-filled area next to an interstate ramp.The officer, whom police have identified as Michael Nyantakyi, a 10-year veteran of the force who is also Black, is seen with his handgun trained on the vehicle as he first approaches and orders Peters to stay in the car.“Male seems to be mentally unstable as we speak,” Nyantakyi can be heard saying.Peters exits the vehicle and dashes onto the interstate filled with rush-hour traffic, where a vehicle strikes him, the video shows. Peters then lies down in the roadway, rolling back and forth and swinging his limbs.Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, said Friday that the behavior the video depicted was totally out of character for her brother, a teacher who graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.As Peters flails in the roadway, Nyantakyi can be seen standing a short distance away with a stun gun drawn.“I figured it out. I’m living the dream,” Peters says as he stands and begins approaching the officer, slowly at first.He curses at the officer and tells him, “Put that Taser down or I’ll kill you.”Nyantakyi fires the stun gun and tells Peters to back up as Peters continues to advance. Peters then runs toward the officer, and the video becomes shaky and more difficult to see. Two gunshots are heard.The police chief played the video in slow motion for reporters and narrated as it ran. Nyantakyi shot Peters twice in the abdomen after deploying the stun gun, only one prong of which attached, Durham said.Durham said Friday that they are investigating whether the stun gun was effective at all.Peters stumbles and then walks away after being shot. The video shows him on the ground a short distance away soon afterward. He died later at a hospital.Durham also played surveillance video from just before the shooting that shows Peters drive up to a luxury downtown hotel where he worked part time as security guard and walk inside. Peters is clothed when he arrives but takes off his shirt in the hotel’s lobby, dropping it on the ground.He then proceeds into what Durham identified as the hotel’s security office and has a conversation with someone mostly out of sight. The video had no sound, and Durham declined to answer questions about what took place at the hotel.Peters then leaves the hotel, appearing to be naked by the time he returns to his car, and drives away. Police say he was involved in three hit-and-runs before the encounter with Nyantakyi.Peters’ autopsy has not yet been completed, according to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond. A toxicology report also will be completed.The officer remains on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues, Durham said.When the investigation is complete, police will forward the findings to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, which will determine if the use of force was justified.Friday marked the first time the police department has released body camera footage of a shooting by an officer while an investigation was ongoing, spokesman Gene Lepley said.The chief emphasized that he was trying to be transparent and said he understood the impact the incident has had on Peters’ family and the community.“We want a fair and thorough investigation,” Durham said, his voice rising. “Do not pass judgment. If you do, shame on you.”Blanding, who spoke after the chief’s press conference, said Durham had portrayed the officer’s actions as reasonable.“Nothing justifies Marcus not being here,” she said.Blanding previously told The Associated Press that her brother had no known mental health issues.“I cannot diagnose my brother, as he’s not here to be diagnosed,” she said Friday. “However, he was clearly in distress and in need of help, and the help was not rendered.”___Associated Press writer Alan Suderman contributed to this report.last_img read more