Picture this: You are driving down the road and the car in front of you slams on the brakes to avoid hitting an animal. You are driving just a bit too closely, and slamming on your own brakes does not prevent you from crashing into the rear-end of the vehicle in front of you. Are you ready for another example?
You are stopped waiting to make a turn. The car behind you is stopped, waiting for you to wait to make your turn. You feel a sudden jolt. The vehicle behind you was hit by someone who was not paying attention and they were pushed into your rear-end.
Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? They happen far more often than people like. These accidents not only cause property damage, but they often cause injury. A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that vehicles equipped with automatic braking systems are involved in these accidents far less frequently than vehicles with traditional braking systems.Automatic Emergency Braking Becoming the Norm
The research undertaken for this study focuses on Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems. It also looked at a variety of systems made by Volvo. The study included vehicles from Honda, Acura, Subaru, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. Vehicles were either equipped with AEB and FCW, or just FCW with no additional crash prevention technology installed.
According to the study, vehicles equipped with both autobraking and warning systems reduced the rate of rear-end collisions with injury by 42 percent. Rear-end crashes without injury were reduced by 39 percent. The overall rate reduction is 15 percent for injury crashes and 12 percent for non-injury crashes.
The report said, in part, that City Safety technology by Volvo “appears to be highly effective at reducing rear-end crashes and associated injuries reported to police, even on roadways with speed limits higher than the system’s operating ranger.” According