New Automotive Technologies Are Helping to Erase Front End Collisions

crash2Late last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a series of tests to evaluate front end collision systems in current vehicles.

The results of these tests were disappointing.

Of the 74 models that were tested, 25 vehicle models received just a basic rating while 36 other models had systems that did not meet the criteria set by the institute or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This week, though, the IIHS held a new series of tests. This time, redemption was in the air, and there was a considerable amount of improvement. Of the 24 vehicles tested, 21 received either the highest rating of Superior or a medium grade of Advanced. Why the rapid turn around? Well, it can be contributed to companies focusing on two key categories: forward collision warning and front crash mitigation or prevention with autobrake.

Uhmmm… What exactly is that again?

  1. Forward collision warning alerts a driver when the system detects that the vehicle is about to crash into the vehicle in front. Oftentimes, this monitoring is done through either radar or a series of cameras that scan the road as the vehicle’s computer calculates the closing rate.
  2. Autobrake systems are typically paired with forward collision warnings. Autobrake systems can slow down or completely stop the car to avoid some front-to-rear crashes if its driver doesn’t brake or steer out of the way in response to a warning.

For the current ratings, vehicles received a Superior rating if their automatic braking could prevent an unexpected accident or reduce the vehicle’s speed by ten mph when traveling at 25 mph.The Institute awarded four models with a completely perfect score in these tests. The vehicle models were:

crash3The BMW 5 Series

The BMW X5

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Most of the vehicles tested in this series were large family cars and large luxury cars, but there is more testing expected soon. According to the IIHS, approximately 20% of current vehicles offer front end collision systems. It’s a number that is surely to rise in upcoming years, especially considering that it is believed that front end collision systems can reduce accidents by approximately 14%

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