While we spend a fair amount of time at Axis complaining about heavy and complicated cars, when I'm driving with my family in our BMW X5 I certainly derive a measure of comfort from the knowledge of all the safety work that has gone into a modern vehicle.
Dr. Jeffrey Augenstein passed away unexpectedly last week end. A safety consultant to BMW for many years, Dr Augenstein was directly responsible for the extremely high survivabily built into the current BMW line.
He devised the URGENCY Algorithm which enables a crashed car to send medically relevant crash data to first responders on the way to the scene, a feature now standard across the BMW line.
Here is a segment of BBC's 2011 Horizon episode "Surviving a Car Crash" featuring Dr. Augenstein.
Auto safety was only a small part of Jeffrey Augenstein's accomplishments in the field of trauma medicine, I urge you read his obituary in the Miami Herald.
I think you'll agree we, as drivers, lost a friend.