Auto briefs: Sunroof airbag, ocean plastics, Hot Wheels

The development of an airbag to cover a vehicle's sunroof, an effort to fight plastic contamination of the world's oceans, and a vehicle design inspired by Hot Wheels toys were among the items promoted by automakers recently.

  • Hyundai Mobis, a parts company which is part of the Hyundai group, has developed an airbag system designed to cover a vehicle's sunroof. This technology, which is similar to side curtain airbags, aims to provide additional head protection and keep occupants from being ejected through the sunroof. A sensor detects when a vehicle is rolling over and deploys the airbag within one-tenth of a second. Hyundai Mobis says it has completed road and reliability tests and can begin mass-producing the feature.
  • Volvo has debuted a special edition of its V90 Cross Country, both to celebrate the start of the Volvo Ocean Race and to help reduce ocean pollution. The automaker plans to build 3,000 of these vehicles, and will donate 100 euros per sale to the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme. The program in this year's race will outfit participating boats with sensors to capture a wide range of data from remote stretches of ocean, with a special focus on understanding the impact of plastic pollution. The automaker says the vehicle itself helps to reduce ocean pollution by using recycled nylon for the carpet inlays, including abandoned fishing nets salvaged from the ocean floor.
  • Noting that many of its designers have been inspired by the line of Hot Wheels toy cars, Chevrolet has made a Hot Wheels edition for its Camaro pony car. The Custom Camaro was the first Hot Wheels car to be released in 1968. The 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition includes a color scheme and stripes which replicate the toy's appearance.

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