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Volvo introduced the world's first pedestrian airbag on the V40 five-door hatchback last week at the Geneva Motor Show.

As part of the IntelliSafe suite of safety technology available on the V40, the pedestrian airbag uses sensors in the front bumper to detect contact between the car and the pedestrian. As a result, the rear end of the hood is released and at the same time elevated by the deploying airbag. The inflated airbag covers the area under the raised bonnet plus approximately one third of the windscreen area and the lower part of the A-pillar.

Other IntelliSafe safety and support systems also featured on the V40 include Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, Park Assist Pilot, automatic Road Sign Information, Active High Beam and a Cross Traffic Alert radar system at the rear. Other features also include Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake and City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system which operates at speeds up to 31 mph.

Gallery: Volvo V40 debuts first pedestrian airbag [video]

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