The case of a pedestrain is slightly different compared to the in-car passengers. The in car passengers are confined in a closed space and the airbag is aprefect protection for them against hitting the car body, steering wheel or dash board.
But a pedestrian has a possibility of being thrown away even after hitting the ballon instead of the car body. So simultaneous braking of the car or swerving it away from the pedestrain would help in minimising the impact, in my opinion.
I think technically braking and steering away is possible. However, in some pedestrian collision scenarios, there is hardly any time for reacting. Therefore, if the automatic collision avoidance handles such cases, sudden steering and braking may cause problems for the passengers on board (especially the youngsters).
I think elecronically the embedded systems onboard a car can react within very narrow time frames (i.e. microseconds), however, we should not forget that a car is an electromechanical device and there are physical factors such as momentum, acceleration and weight and their effects on the passengers that also have to be taken into account. Therefore, electrical response speeds do not give the complete picture of what is involved.
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