Automated Safety Features Help Reduce CrashesOctober 18, 2019
Thanks to the latest advances in safety technology, today’s cars are safer than ever. In fact, according to a recent study by General Motors (GM), automatic emergency braking reduced rear-end crashes by 46 percent and reverse automatic braking lowered backout crashes by 81 percent. The technology increases the price of the car and repairs can be more expensive, but if it can help motorists avoid serious car accidents, researchers believe it is a small price to pay.
Car safety can be significantly improved through the use of advanced driver assistance systems, such as rear cross-traffic alerts, forward and rear emergency braking, and others, said a research associate at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Research showed that vehicles with more automation provided greater safety benefits, including reduced traffic injuries and fatalities, and less damage to the vehicles.
Examples of Safety Features
The following are examples of safety features can help prevent car accidents and reduce the incidence of serious injuries:
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights: Reduce nighttime animal/pedestrian/bicycle crashes by 21 percent
- Intellibeam: Reduces nighttime animal/pedestrian/bicycle crashes by 35 percent
- Forward Automatic Braking with Forward Collision Alert: Reduces rear-end striking crashes by 46 percent
- Forward Collision Alert: Reduces rear-end striking crashes by 21 percent
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: Reduces lane departure crashes by 20 percent
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert: Reduces lane change crashes by 26 percent
- Rear Vision Camera: Reduces backing crashes by 21 percent
- Rear Park Assist: Reduces backing crashes by 38 percent
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Rear Vision Camera & Rear Park Assist: Reduces backing crashes by 52 percent
- Reverse Automatic Braking with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist: Reduces backing crashes by 81 percent
According to the researchers, the most significant decrease in car accidents involved vehicles that were going in reverse. The automatic reverse braking, rear cross traffic alert, and rearview mirror helped reduce the number of minor fender benders by over 80 percent. This technology also helped reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians. Researchers at GM believe that these safety features are critical to achieving zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found similar results in a study they conducted in 2019. They found that automatic emergency braking reduced front-to-rear crashes by 50 percent. In addition, rear automatic braking with parking sensors and rear-view camera reduced accidents by 78 percent. Despite the cost of sensors, collision warning, automatic braking, and other safety technology, researchers believe that the benefits outweigh the higher cost.
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