Air bags are becoming a popular option chosen by the automobile manufacturers and also by the public to be installed on new cars sold in the United States. Sensors that detect crash occurrence play a fundamental role in the effectiveness of air bag systems. What properties of a vehicle should be sensed in a crash and used to activate an air bag system? How does a concept or method of crash sensing affect the design criteria? These issues are not only technically challenging but also closely related to the success of air bag technologies in millions of cars driven by the public.

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