According to research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the use of automatic emergency braking technology reduces rear-end collisions 39% on average.
Additionally, the Institute determined that injuries are reduced significantly with the system. If the technology had been accessible in 2013, the Institute says, nearly 700,000 rear-end collisions could have been avoided that year.
Although the IIHS has studied front crash prevention technologies more widely than any other organization, this is the first study that utilizes crash data from police reports. However, as the technology continues to impress researchers, more widespread study of the systems is expected.
The systems vary according to the complexity of the technology used. Forward collision warning systems depend on the intervention of the driver to stop the vehicle after being warned of an imminent frontal crash by the system. Automatic emergency braking, or autobrake, automatically applies the brake if the driver fails to do so after a forward crash warning has sounded.
Depending on the make and model of vehicle, cameras, lasers, or radar are used to recognize a forward collision.
For the study, researchers at IIHS examined police reports for rear-end collisions across 22 states between 2010 and 2014. The crash rates of Volvo, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Acura models with optional front crash prevention systems were compared to accident rates of identical models that did not have the systems.
Crashes were reduced by 23 percent in vehicles with only forward collision warning systems. Vehicles that also had autobrake were in 39 percent fewer crashes.
Rear-end crashes with injuries were not reduced significantly by the forward collision warning system alone- only 6 percent. However, when paired with autobrake, the systems reduced injury-causing rear-end collisions by 42 percent.
Safety researchers point out that even if the technology doesn’t completely eliminate collisions, it has demonstrated an ability to reduce crash severity and related injuries.
Car buyers will begin seeing autobrake technology as a standard feature on more and more new vehicles after several manufacturers struck an agreement with the IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of those manufacturers, Toyota has decided to take a proactive approach by equipping nearly every one of its vehicles with automatic emergency braking by the end of 2017- beating the agreed deadline by almost five years.
Experts estimate the widespread application of the autobrake technology could eliminate 28,000 collisions and 12,000 injuries annually.
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Unfortunately, automatic emergency braking is not available as a standard option on care as of yet. Until it is, devastating and catastrophic rear-end accidents are still an unfortunate part of everyday life in Colorado. If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident in Denver, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, it is important to know that you are not alone. Call Lakewood attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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