Porsche has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a new type of airbag targeting vehicle pillar safety.
The patent images, recently released by the Patent Office, appear to show a convertible as the chosen vehicle with the airbags deploying from the A-pillar.
This could potentially improve safety for front seat passengers in convertibles involved in collisions with the roof down, but the carmaker could conceivably use the device in hardtop models as well.
Finer details are not public knowledge at this stage, but the sketches show the airbag deploying ‘vertically’ from the A-pillar, rather than attempting to take the place of a side window.
As a result, greater protection could be available during offset frontal collisions, which has the added benefit for Porsche of (potentially) improving the results from NCAP-style crash tests.
While the sketches have only just emerged from the patent office, Porsche actually filed the paperwork last year.
The carmaker has made no formal announcements, but successful testing for the devices could seem them rolled out for Porsche’s open-top models (and others) soon.
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