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Advances in auto-safety technologies, such as Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) and airbags, have led to a downtrend in fatalities from traffic accidents over the past few years. However, the number of accidents remains high, at more than 900,000* per year. Of this figure, approximately one-third are rear-end and head-on collisions. During the past 10 years, rear-end collisions have increased by 50 percent, and developing countermeasures is an issue facing all car manufacturers. These countermeasures are broadly classified into "Active Safety Technologies" which help prevent accidents from occurring, and "Passive Safety Technologies" which minimize post-crash damage. ABS, which helps prevent tires from locking and skidding during braking, is an example of the former; airbags, seatbelts and crumple zones are examples of the latter. While active safety technologies have progressed during recent years, "pre-crash safety technologies," which combine active and passive technologies, have gained attention. Pre-crash safety technologies fuse these two safety technologies by assessing the possibility of accident in advance and minimizing injuries to occupants in the event of a crash. We have developed the Mazda Pre-crash Safety System, a technology that is unique to Mazda.
* 2005 National Police Agency survey data