The latest technological advances that will make roads safer are front crash prevention systems. Much of this progress can be attributed to a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ratings program for front crash prevention. Less than a year into this program, car manufacturers have made significant strides in adopting the best and most advanced systems. Many models have automatic braking capabilities, and these capabilities are being automatically included in a wider variety of models.
On the latest round of evaluations, 21 of the 24 vehicles tested scored an advanced or higher rating in their progress in front crash prevention. According to David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer, the Institute is “already seeing improvements from automakers since the initial launch of our ratings last September.” He continued, stating, “BMW and Lexus, for example, have added more braking capability to their systems, which has paid off in higher ratings.”
Some luxury models, such as BMW and Lexus, are already achieving perfect scores on the IIHS prevention scale. Other more standard models from brands including Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota are also testing very well.
How Front Crash Prevention Systems Prevent Accidents
Front crash prevention systems are designed to predict an oncoming accident and automatically trigger the car to stop. These systems use various sensors, such as cameras, radars, or lasers to detect when the car is getting to close to an object in front of it. Some systems are automatic and do not warn the driver, but most systems warn a driver first if there is time. These automatic braking systems can almost always prevent accidents at lower speeds.
“We know that this technology is helping drivers avoid crashes,” said Zuby. “The advantage of auto brake is that even in cases where a crash can’t be avoided entirely, the system will reduce speed. Reducing the speed reduces the amount of damage that occurs to both the striking and struck cars and reduces injuries to people in those cars.” As this technology becomes more sophisticated, the IIHS suggests that its inclusion in all new models be mandated. While these systems add to the manufacturing costs now, these costs are likely to decrease in upcoming years.
By implementing these types of systems in as many cars as possible, the roads will be a much safer place for all drivers. Unfortunately, this process is gradual, and it will be a long time before all cars have this safety feature. Furthermore, it may not be possible to totally avoid all car crashes.
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