Why Active Safety?
Early automotive safety initiatives focused on passive measures including preventive measures (improved headlights, windshield wipers, and tire traction) and protective measures (seatbelts, airbags, and crush zones). These improvements have dramatically reduced the rate of crash-related injury severity and fatalities.
However, in recent years both the injury and fatality rates have leveled off. This suggests that new approaches for actively preventing vehicle crashes will be needed in order to further reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities.