Cars in the Future

  • Published: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 2007
  • Authors: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
  • Date Added: 04 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 14 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


This paper seeks to explore how driving will change in the future due to the advances in technology, and how it interacts with the driver. It will look at what predicted casualty savings we can expect from new technology, as well as how quickly it will spread into the market.


The policy paper is not intended to look at technical engineering issues, nor is it an in depth literature review of any of the technologies which it discusses. It will look at how technology will change the way cars and the roads are used as well as looking at and raising key issues which need addressing from literature and scientific studies, in order to facilitate a smooth introduction of vehicle safety systems.

Key Findings:

The insurance industry state that over 80 per cent of personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle RTIs are Whiplash Associated Disorders, and report that this totals around 250,000 injuries per year.The majority of Whiplash Associated Disorders occur when a vehicle has been struck from the rear, and this means that head restraints can be used as a counter measure in order to reduce both the likelihood and severity of an injury.A well-adjusted and well-designed head restraint can limit the movement of the neck and support the head for a longer period in an RTI.Booster child seats with side wings can reduce the risk of injury to children in a side impact, as they help to contain the head and prevent it from hitting an intruding vehicle of the interior of the car.


Head Restraints, Whiplash, Child restraints


A policy paper, but highlights some important points relating to head and child restraints.