Safety Technology: Moving Beyond Seat Belts

Auto makers have entered a new phase of safety R&D called collision avoidance, which includes automated systems to help steer clear of trouble

From the time when Volvo put the first three-point seat belts in their cars in 1959, the overriding philosophy behind vehicle safety was to minimize human injury in the event of a collision. And seat belts have certainly earned their place as an effective technology -- more lives have been saved due to seat belts than all other safety technologies combined.

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