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Front crash prevention systems will save lives according to study

Front crash prevention systems will save lives according to study

In news that will probably surprise nobody, a study has found that front crash prevention systems such as automatic braking can save lives. More specifically, it can help reduce rear-end collisions by up to 40%. That’s according to the America IIHS anyway.

Front crash prevention systems generally include tech that uses sensors to detect the world around them and react accordingly. We know them as forward collision warnings or automatic braking. Manufacturers call them all sorts of things, but the IIHS umbrella term is front crash prevention systems.

Jeep calls them ‘Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation’, Chrysler calls them ‘Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation’ and Nissan calls them ‘Forward Collision Warning’. You get the idea.

Anyway, the study carried out by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, found that not only do these front crash prevention systems help stop you hitting something. they also help stop others hitting you. Warning systems alone prevented 23% of rear end collisions while systems with an automatic braking component elevated that to 40%.

Surprisingly, injuries sustained were only reduced by 6% in cars equipped with automatic braking that did crash. So it seems for now at least, avoidance is all.

To complete this study, the IIHS reviewed reported accidents in 22 U.S. states between 2010 and 2014. They compared specific vehicles with automatic braking with those same vehicles without the technology and assessed the differences. Crash and injury rate differences between the two groups generated these statistics.

So while not the most exhaustive study in the world, or the most scientific, it is a good indicator that automatic braking has a future in crash prevention.

Currently, only 1% of vehicles on the roads of North America include automatic braking while 26% had it as an option. That is soon to change. With the deal struck last year between the NHTSA, IIHS and a collection of the larger automakers, automatic braking will so be a standard feature on all new cars.

The inclusion of automatic braking in the scoring of crash testing spurred everyone into action. The organizations said that from this year, automatic braking would be included in assessments and recommended technology listings for all new cars. So automakers who wanted those top safety scores had no choice but to accept the recommendations to make them standard.

Regardless of how we got here, automatic braking will help save lives by preventing collisions. Even if it doesn’t reduce injuries for those equipped cars that do get into one.

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