Transparent Acrylic Car Reveals What’s Hiding Inside Your Vehicle

By: | April 24th, 2014

You’ve probably seen cars cut in half to show off the inside. Auto industry supplier TRW decided to take a different road to show off the company’s safety technology.

The company built a transparent acrylic car, which it unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car was built to display the company’s safety technology, which is usually unseen behind body panels.

TRW integrated safety systems along with electronics and sensing capabilities, hence created intelligent systems that help keep pedestrians, drivers and passengers safer.  The following shows the new technology innovations featured in the vehicle to keep drivers and car passengers safe:

  • To ensure the safety of driver and the passengers, there are a range of airbags, active sensors, braking and steering products.
  • An integrated brake control system (IBC) enables a car to automatically brake in case of emergency situation.
  • The car has 360 degree sensors to process information from around the vehicle for emergency situations and a radar system that scans the road ahead for pedestrians and stationary cars to warn drivers of possible collisions and pedestrians.
  •  A new ‘active’ seat belt system can tighten or relax the seatbelts as needed.
  • There is an electrically powered steering system which even offers fuel-saving benefits.

These safety systems can definitely help reducing the number of road fatalities worldwide. Not to mention, being able to see what’s usually hidden by body  panels is a pretty impressive display by itself.

TRW currently supplies safety technologies to the top car manufacturers like VW, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors and Toyota. The company foresees that the cars will be packed with more smart safety systems in the next decade which can anticipate road conditions.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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