29 Jan '16, 5am

Front Crash Prevention Tech Cuts Rear-End Collisions by 40 Percent: IIHS

Front Crash Prevention Tech Cuts Rear-End Collisions by 40 Percent: IIHS

A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has shown front crash prevention systems are doing their jobs. The agency believes that if all vehicles were equipped with autobrake systems, there would have been at least 700,000 fewer police-reported rear-end crashes in 2013. This is the first study of how effective the feature is using US police-reported crash data, which showed systems with automatic braking reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, while forward collision warning alone drops them by 23 percent. The autobrake systems were also found to greatly reduce injuries. Currently, front crash prevention is most often offered as optional equipment, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and IIHS have announced an agreement in principle with automakers to make autobrake standard on all models. For t...

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