November 01, 2016 EXP

Technology and Automobile Safety

Martin B. Cowan

Using technology to improve automobile safety is not something new. Safety glass in windshields was introduced around 1930 and mandated for all cars in 1937. Today, we regard seat belts and airbags to be standard life-saving equipment. The engine compartments and steering wheel columns are designed to collapse and absorb the impact of front-end collisions in a manner that protects the occupants. We take for granted technology, such as automatic braking systems (ABS), which help prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, or computerized programs that stabilize cars and help prevent them from tipping over, which are being credited with a surprisingly large number of lives saved.

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