Posted on July 29th, 2011 No comments
USA Today News reported on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) report showing that a version of automatic braking found in Volvo SUV’s prevented one in four low-speed crashes. This finding is likely to speed up installation of similar technology in other vehicles and should help persuade regulators to consider rules to require automatic braking, according to the article.
According to the article; “IIHS estimated last year that these crash-avoidance features have the potential to prevent or at least lessen the impact in 1.9 million crashes a year and help prevent one out of three fatal crashes. Systems that warn then help prevent frontal crashes by braking automatically could be the solution for most of those — 1.2 million crashes. That represents 20% of the 5.8 million police-reported crashes each year and as many as 66,000 non-fatal injury crashes and 879 fatalities a year.”
Unfortunately, the article details how these features are only currently in use in some luxury models. Whether or not it would be cost effective to install them in lower end models remains to be seen.
While use of these systems appears to prevent accidents in low speed cases, its use in higher speed collisions appears to only lessen the risk of serious injury or death. It does not appear to prevent it.
You can read the entire article, here. You can also click on the link to view a video of the technology in action.