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Taxi muni de l’anti-écraseur de Louis-Auguste Laurenceau, 23 septembre 1924

Taxi equipped with Louis-Auguste Laurenceau’s pedestrian protection device, Mechanics Laboratory, September 23, 1924. "The device consists of a metal chassis cove¬red by a protective grate and rubber cylin¬ders serving as shock absorbers", explains the inventor. He goes on to summarize its operation as follows: "A standing pedestrian involved in a collision with a vehicle running at 20 or 30 kph is first hit at ankle height. . . . The individual thus loses his or her balance and falls to the ground". Whether the colli¬sion occurs when the pedestrian is standing or lying on the ground, the victim is then pushed to the side. This would be the case of “a drunkard not able to be seen in time,” says the inventor. The sequences of images published in Recherches et inventions show the different types of prevention scenarios made possible with the protection device installed on a Ford car. Office national des recherches scientifiques et industrielles et des inventions.

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