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Occupant protection

Around half of all those killed and injured on the roads are car occupants, while users of two-wheel motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists each account for 10 to 20 percent. In view of that, one focus of the work of the UDV is therefore the analysis of car accidents and identification of measures that can be taken to prevent accidents (see the chapter on driver assistance systems) and mitigate injuries. The progress made with safety features and, in particular, the protection of car occupants is reflected in the positive trend in the accident statistics: The number of car occupants killed in the last ten years has fallen by almost 50 percent. New developments are constantly emerging as a result of technical progress, and the UDV tracks these with a critical eye.