The technology powering our cars has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, particularly when it comes to safety equipment. But do these new features live up to the hype? A recent analysis by Forbes evaluated these advanced safety systems for effectiveness and found they are making a difference.
Advanced Safety System Features
Many of the newest, most advanced car safety features are part of what is called Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). These systems use advanced software and an array of sensors and other equipment embedded throughout the car to warn drivers of imminent collisions, help them park safely, etc.
Examples of these safety features include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic emergency braking
- Blind spot detection
- Collision warning
- Cross-traffic alert
- Lane departure warning
- Pedestrian detection
- Road sign recognition
What Do the Statistics Show?
Early research indicates that these new safety technologies are a big benefit for drivers. Here are some of the statistics cited by Forbes:
- Research from LexisNexis Risk Solutions showed that vehicles equipped with ADAS saw a 27 percent drop in bodily injury insurance claim frequency. That drop was accompanied by a 19 percent drop in property damage insurance claim frequency.
- A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that vehicles with blind-spot monitoring equipment were involved in 14 percent fewer crashes than vehicles not equipped with blind-spot monitoring systems. “The same [IIHS] study suggested that if every vehicle sold in the United States in 2015 was equipped with blind-spot monitoring, 50,000 crashes and 16,000 crash injuries might have been prevented,” said David Braunstein, president of the group Together For Safer Roads.
- A study from a scientist at Carnegie Mellon University showed that these new safety systems have reduced crash rates overall by 3.5 percent.
Hurt in a Collision? Talk to a Lawyer Now
No matter how new your vehicle is or what safety equipment it has, car accidents can still occur. If you have been hurt in a collision, a car accident attorney from Ketterman Rowland & Westlund can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Get started on your case today with a free consultation.
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