Patent shows GM working on external airbags for protecting pedestrians

General Motors won a patent for a "fender-located pedestrian protection airbag" that it says could be an important safety feature in future vehicles.

A newly issued U.S. patent shows that General Motors may be planning to include external airbags protecting pedestrians from collisions with the front side of its vehicles via a "discrete door" located along the side fender just underneath the hood and just forward of the A-pillar.The patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is dated Dec. 5 and was issued to GM Global Technology Operations LLC for what it calls a "fender-located pedestrian protection airbag." GM originally filed for p...