Once again European auto makers have taken the forefront in building their vehicles a bit more “out of harm’s way.”
Not for the driver or passenger(s) this time, but for the unaware folks who walk or run in front of moving cars!
Yup – a lot of that goes on here – nearly 60,000 pedestrians were injured in car accidents in the United States in 2009, and more than 4,300 were killed!
MBZ’s answer to this is the “Active Bonnet Pedestrian Protection System”
The active bonnet can reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians in certain accident situations. How does it work?
In a collision the rear hinges (which are pretension-ed with strong springs and released by electromagnets) are released in an instant, raising the rear part of the bonnet.
Raising the active bonnet increases the clearance to hard components, such as the engine.
You can reset a triggered active bonnet yourself or continue driving after the active bonnet has been triggered and have it reset at a specialist workshop.