Safety features in new vehicles are moving beyond protecting only those inside the car. Automakers are now considering the safety of those on the outside as well, designing systems aimed at reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths.
Over 4,000 people were killed in pedestrian/vehicle accidents in 2009, and 59,000 pedestrians were injured. The growing popularity of hybrids only increases the danger – a study by the University of California Riverside found that hybrids traveling at low speeds must be 40 percent closer to pedestrians than traditional vehicles before they make enough noise to be detected.
A number of different pedestrian safety features are in the works or have already been implemented. Among them are: