Because it is such a regular part of our daily lives, many of us take for granted that we will reach our destinations safely when traveling in a motor vehicle. However, for thousands of people every year, that it simply not the case.
Automakers' focus on vehicle safety has changed from crashworthiness (i.e. being able to survive crashes) to crash avoidance (i.e. being able to stay away from accidents). To that end, new technology is being offered on new models that include, proximity sensors on front and rear bumpers, and backup cameras that give a driver a view of what is directly behind the vehicle.