The system that deploys from the side of a vehicle before a collision could be on a production vehicle in four years, auto supplier ZF says. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Auto supplier ZF has developed an airbag that deploys outside the vehicle to reduce the impact of crashes. ZF, Detroit Free Press If you ever wanted to protect your car with bubble-wrap, German supplier ZF has the feature you’ve been waiting for. A new airbag that deploys from the side of a vehicle before a collision can reduce the severity of occupant injuries 40%, according to ZF, which is bidding to become a major force in safety engineering in addition to its longstanding expertise in steering and transmissions. The airbag, which looks like a pontoon strapped to the car’s side, is packed inside the sill plates, below the vehicle’s doors. Clear Bopp Packing Tape The system uses cameras, radar and lidar to determine when a collision is unavoidable, igniting the air bag milliseconds before the oncoming vehicle strikes. The sensors will also communicate with safety systems inside the vehicle, for instance adju...