Friday, May 24, 2024

In 2025, seat belts know how fat drivers are

The development of safety systems in new cars is going furiously fast. In a few years – perhaps as early as 2025 – the seat belt will know your weight, says German ZF.

It is quite possible that German ZF will have to save billions of kroner over the next five to six years. But this does not mean that development is at a standstill.

The German sub-supplier to the automotive industry will already from next year equip new cars with seat belts that adapt to the driver and passengers' body shape and weight.

The new type of safety belt was presented earlier this year, but it is not yet ready to be clicked into new cars. But almost.

There are already seat belts that tighten the grip on the car's passengers – and the driver himself – if the safety systems sense that there is danger on the way.

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The new thing about ZF's harness is that it is tightened to suit the individual body shape and weight. In addition, the new seat belt will 'know' how far it must stretch to cover in the event of an accident.

It must be camera technology that monitors the passengers in the individual car, i.a. help to correct for. But ZF is not stopping the development of the harness here.

The Germans also make the new seatbelt capable of varying the pressure on the individual passenger during the accident itself. And the seat belt itself will be able to register whether motorists twist – or move from side to side – during a collision.

Self-adjusting seat belts are not the only thing ZF is working on. The Germans have also developed a harness with heat in it. The company believes this is particularly beneficial in electric cars. Read more about it here .

In the darker department, future Toyotas know when the driver or passengers need to empty the back. Yes, it is good enough. Read more about it here .

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