The continual advance of technology has generated various types of systems and features that claim to improve the safety of motor vehicles by attempting to reduce the incidence of car accidents. Known as crash avoidance systems, these features can do anything from slow down or automatically stop cars to actually turning or guiding vehicles without a motorist’s intentional action. Some examples of more common crash avoidance systems (or crash avoidance technologies, as they are also known) include (but are not limited to):
- Lane departure warning systems, which use sensors, cameras or radar to detect when a car may be leaving its designated traffic lane and, when this occurs, automatically steer the car back into its chosen lane
- Front crash prevention systems, which use radar or cameras to sense when vehicles are vehicles are within a minimal distance of other cars – This systems can generally automatically apply a vehicle’s brakes when they sense that a car is close to crashing into a vehicle in front of it.
- Blind spot detection systems, which also use sensors or radar to perceive whether there is an object in a car’s blind spot when a driver is trying to turn or change lanes – If something is detected in the blind spot, then an automatic steering action can be put into action to prevent the driver from crashing into the object in his blind spot.
- Backover prevention systems, which also use sensors, radar and/or cameras to perceive whether there is an object behind a reversing car and, if so, automatically apply the brakes to prevent the vehicle from crashing into the object behind it.
These systems, while alleged to improve vehicle safety, can come at a high price – sometimes adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a car. Given their cost and their purported safety benefits, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted an in-depth study to test how safe these systems really are and which ones are worth the extra money.
We’ll discuss the IIHS’ findings in an upcoming second part of this blog – don’t miss it!
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