Here's an article on Volvo's attempt to eliminate motor vehicle accident fatalities.
Apparently 70% of accidents occur at under 30kmh (an interesting stat that motor vehicle insurers are obviously aware of). Generally speaking, the human body is not able to survive crashes beyond about 80kmh but that would depend on the type of collision I suppose. Volvo testing appears to take place at speeds of 30-60kmh.
The cost of the electronic technology they use is apparently coming down so new technologies should be affordable in a few years. I have no special interest in Volvo, was just surprised by some of the figures I saw:
Before we get too caught up in technology it's important to remember that the human mind is the key to avoiding and minimizing the impact of accidents- driver behaviour and attitude is omnipotent in my view. Focusing too much on electronics and computers can mislead us as to the source of the problem. Although, realistically, the assistance of technology should be welcome as people will continue to behave in certain ways, regardless of the ideal or our capacity to behave appropriately.News
Aiming for a zero road toll
Toby Hagon, drive.com.au, 25/03/08