|Active Safety vs Passive Safety|
|Active Safety||Passive Safety|
|Definition||A design that prevents an accident.||A design that minimizes losses when an accident occurs.|
Active Safety vs Passive Safety
John Spacey, updated on August 16, 2016
Active safety is a design that avoids a risk. Passive safety is a design that minimizes losses when a risk occurs.Both terms stem from safety engineering fields such as automobile safety. Active safety features of a car include things like collision avoidance systems and anti-lock brakes. Passive safety includes features such as air bags, seat belts and the physical structure of the vehicle that may be designed to absorb the forces of a crash without harming occupants or pedestrians.
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