Sustainable development goals
  • Good health and well-being
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
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About the project

The I-VALVE project seeks to make driving safer and reduce mortality from preventable road traffic accidents. The project seeks to use artificial intelligence in innovation around the deployment of airbags and aims to optimize the functioning of existing technologies, taking into consideration and assessing external circumstances and personal parameters which can save passengers’ lives.

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The project is a follow-up to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) statement that around 1.25 million people are killed in road traffic accidents ever year, and includes artificial intelligence in the deployment of vehicle airbags, with the objective of providing better protection for passengers and making driving safer. The project is operated in Spain by a Spanish company called Magom. 

Magom received a grant from the European Commission’s SME Instrument Phase I, to use artificial intelligence in airbags. More specifically, a special valve takes into account the speed, passenger position and passenger height at the point of collision. Seat belt tension and the intensity of airbag deployment can then be automatically modified. The I-VALVE project sought to examine the market potential of an innovative membrane that can be intelligently programmed to provide the driver or passenger with protection tailored to their needs. Another new element in the company’s technology, apart from artificial intelligence, is a silicon valve integrated into the airbag, which adapts the physical reaction of the airbag to the situation. 

The project, funded by the European Union’s flagship “Horizon2020” research program, seeks to reduce traffic mortality worldwide and thus improve the health and well-being of the global population while contributing to the growth of industry innovation in the automotive sector.