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Automobile Safety Features That Never Caught On
When it comes to vehicle safety, automobile manufacturers over the years have developed some pretty interesting safety features. Some of those developments have caught on, such as seat belts, rear-view mirrors, anti-lock brakes, and airbags. While many, many others failed to meet the mark. You have to remember that standard safety features have not always been standard on vehicles, and it took many years to perfect certain systems and to put them into place.
So you might be wondering what were the safety features that didn’t catch on? Well, I have a few answers for you in that regard. So without further ado, let’s go over a few that didn’t make the cut.
Reverse Periscopes: At the time, reverse periscopes were created to try and make rearview mirrors better. It was known that different vehicle designs often created blind spots for the driver. Rather than change what was considered to be a great look for a vehicle based on these blind spots, the reverse periscope was created so that full vision around the car was possible regardless of its shape. As the name implies, periscopes were placed around the vehicle to give the driver full site. The problem was that if these became foggy, dirty or were jostled out of place, it was nearly impossible to clean them out giving the driver no site at all.
Articulated Two-Part Vehicles: If you consider getting into an accident, where is the safest place to be? No that’s not a trick question, as the answer is another vehicle. There used to be designs of cars that looked like small two-part trains. Where the motor was located in the first car, while the passengers remain in a separate car behind it. The idea was that to reduce the danger of a head on collision, it’s far safer to let the passengers be in a separate car than the one taking the brunt of the hit. In all fairness the vehicles look awesome, but beyond its abysmal handling, there were countless other problems that persisted in these vehicles.
Automatic Fire Extinguisher: In the event of an accident, when a vehicle catches fire, that creates a certain danger that would otherwise not be present. One great idea that never had great results was the automatic fire extinguisher. The idea was that if your vehicle was to ever catch fire, sensors would recognize rising heat and allow the extinguishers to activate. However, asphyxiation is bad regardless of the cause. When you mix fire smoke with the chemicals in an extinguisher, you literally create an environment you will be unable to breath in. You can imagine how this becomes a problem in car crashed where the driver/passenger is stuck.
Crash Chamber: Before the advent of airbags, crash chambers were the next best thing for added protection in a car crash even though they were never put into use. The chamber was nothing more than adding a lot of padding to the interior walls of a vehicles cabin. All of this extra cushion helped absorb some of the impact felt in an accident. The other part to it was that seat belts were not standard yet, so every inch of interior wall was covered… even the ceiling. Because when you weren’t latched to your seat, who knows where you would end up in the car if a crash occurred.
Safety Colors: There is no easier way to alert your presence than with bright, obnoxious, and hard to ignore colors. The idea was that accidents could be avoided if people always knew exactly where you were. There was however two problems with cars painted in safety colors. One being that no one wants to drive around in a clown car. The second being that rather than alert people to your presence, most often people would just stare and gawk. Which only resulted in further accidents occurring, just a little counterproductive.
Swiveling Collision Seats: This is a good one. What if you could always face your back to the direction an accident is coming? This was the question pondered by engineers in the past… before common sense set in. Thus, the swiveling collision seat was created, which was a seat that could immediately be swiveled to face your back to the oncoming collision. But if there wasn’t enough time to avoid a collision, there certainly wasn’t enough time to swivel a seat.
Knee Belts: During an accident, the force of it can often throw your body and limbs around. As a result people would often injure their legs as they attempted to brace them against the floor, which would often cause broken bones and getting them pinned under the dash board. To avoid this, knee belts were thought up to keep your legs in place. However, people found it to be too restricting and uncomfortable.