According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1.2 million people perish each year on the world’s roads, and between 20 and 50 million suffer severe injuries. If the current trend continues, the number of annual deaths will double by 2030, according to WHO.
While human suffering cannot be measured, monetary costs to society are estimated in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year for health care, rehabilitation and loss of income.
Innovation and an intense focus on saving lives have been the hallmarks of Autoliv from its inception half a century ago. Now our products save 30,000 lives every year and prevent ten times as many severe injuries. The next step to further reduce road traffic accidents is active safety systems that can assist the driver to avoid an accident or, at least, reduce the speed of impact, thereby substantially mitigating injuries.