BeBop Sensors from California introduced a new application for safer airbag deployment.
The company believes "the average car seat" to be pretty "dumb", so they created a smart, waterproof BeBop Sensors Automotive Occupant Classification System that can tell (in real time) the size, weight and movements of the person occupying a car seat. It can also sense, if the person is crossing their legs, leaning forward or backward, or moving to the right or left side of the seat.
So how does this new system with embedded car seat sensors make the car any safer? The currently used weight-based systems can only tell that there is something or someone sitting on a car seat, but the OCS knows the exact position, weight and size of a person sitting there - hence, in the event of an accident, it can more accurately 'estimate' when and how to deploy an air bag in the safest way for the passenger.
BeBop uses smart fabrics to create elegant sensor solutions for OEMs. According to the company, BeBop uses a proprietary Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology that integrates all of the sensors, traces and electronics into a single piece of fabric, offering greater sensitivity, resolution, range of deployment and fantastic robustness with diminutive size. Their technology senses and displays 3D maps of pressure, bend, location, rotation, angle, and torsion.
BeBop's smart fabrics can be custom designed for any seat in any car, be it in the front or back row.
Check out the demonstration of the BeBop Occupant Classification System below.