While cars have been getting safer for occupants, they remain potentially deadly for those outside the vehicle. The number of bicyclists killed last year shot up 10% and pedestrian deaths rose 4%.
Experts have pointed to distracted driving and the growing popularity of SUVs, which can be more deadly than cars because they smash directly into victims, instead of pushing them up onto the hood or windshield. A few automakers rolled out pedestrian and bicycle detection as part of their automatic braking systems, but most haven’t.
Read the article at USA Today.