Auto manufacturers have always been in competition to produce the safest vehicles with the best fuel efficiency and up-to-the-minute creature comfort amenities so that auto buyers will purchase their products. All this competition is great news for consumers and fosters increased safety on our highways with each new generation of automobiles.
One of the most exciting advances to come out of this sense of manufacturing competition is crash avoidance technology. In fact, some of the technology available can help drivers avoid a number of different types of auto collisions. But, will technology really make us better drivers?
The introduction of crash avoidance technology is not without its controversies, however. Some groups question the efficacy of depending on the technology to make us safer drivers. While others- especially insurers- point out the reduction in relevant claim payouts.
In a recent survey, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated different types of crash avoidance technology. They discovered that at least one type of technology, namely lane departure warning systems, actually contributed to an increase in insurance claims.
Other types of crash avoidance technology fared better, as noted by vice president of IIHS affiliate Highway Loss Data Institute Matt Moore. In particular, forward collision technology and adaptive headlights both had greater than expected impacts on automotive insurance claims.
All this technology, however, does often come at a premium price, and car buyers will need to assess their driving needs, habits, and budget before deciding what technologies are truly must-haves. Bear in mind, if these technologies really begin to have a positive impact on the reduction of insurance claims, then everyone will eventually reap the rewards in the form of lower insurance premiums.
That being said, with all the crash avoidance technology available, insurance companies are now showing decreased tolerance for underinsured, uneducated, or generally unsafe drivers.
Just so you don’t fall into that “uneducated” category, we’ve included some brief descriptions of the crash avoidance technologies discussed in this article:
- Adaptive Headlights. These headlights are equipped with sensors to recognize movements made by your steering wheel and then shine the beam of light around curves. The beam of light adjusts based on your speed and direction of travel. So far, this technology has contributed to a 10 percent reduction in accident claims.
- Forward Collision Avoidance. This technology alerts you when you are encroaching on the vehicle in front of you too closely. Forward Collision Avoidance can be especially helpful in those situations where you take your eyes off the road for just a second and the vehicle in front of you stops unexpectedly. Some systems also include automatic braking which will activate if the driver doesn’t respond in time.
- Lane Departure Warning. This technology is designed to eliminate the common rear blind spot by recognizing lane markings and signaling the driver when they are detected. Some kinks still need to be worked out of this system as it may not detect faded lane markings, or be overly sensitive to road shoulders.
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