There is an article from the December 2006 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine (http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...s/4201979.html) which discusses whether automobiles are "smarter" than humans. I liked hearing that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requiring automobile manufacturers to include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in all light vehicles by 2012. Of interest to all in the forum are how companies are building automobiles to take over for the driver in order to avoid a collision, or to reduce the damage in a collision.
Unfortunately, I do not see this system directly helping bicyclists in the near future; it appears to be designed specifically for protecting drivers. In addition, I can see driving skills and situational awareness deteriorating with driver automation, even if the systems are designed to work part time.
If the system becomes mature enough to recognize and successfully avoid objects, such as a stationary/moving bicyclist, then I think this will be a great technology for saving lives.