Will tech render WAD research obsolete soon?

Putting this out there for those of us in the field, would love to get a little back-and-forth discussion going here.

With self-driving cars from Google and others, advanced collision detection systems in many entry-level vehicles, and now the introduction of radio-frequency based vehicle-to-vehicle communication, all stand to dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions.  Which is great of course, I don't think anyone's going to argue against improved safety and reduced injuries.  What does this mean for whiplash research though?  Will whiplash-associated disorder become so infrequent as to no longer be a significant public health problem (and drop off the radar of major granting agencies)?  Is it time to see the writing on the wall and shift to other conditions, or will WAD research continue to be important 10 or 15 years from now?  Would love to have some conversation on this in the comments section below.