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A study by the safety experts at the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety has shown that automatic emergency braking doesn’t just work, it works amazingly well. This new study looked at General Motors Vehicles from the 2013-2015 model year. Ten total models from the Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet lineup were included in the study. Small and large sedans, mid-sized crossovers, and full-sized SUVs were among the various types of vehicles in the study. GM made these safety systems optional during these model years, so with help from GM who supplied the VIN numbers, IIHS researcher and Vice President Jessica Cicchino was able to sort through police-reported accidents to determine the frequency vehicles with and without the AEB safety systems were involved in accidents.
GM offers two levels of protection. One system only alerts a driver to an impending crash but does not intervene. The second has both a warning and will apply the brakes up to the full stopping power of the vehicle automatically to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash. According to IIIHS, the results are summarized as follows:
“Vehicles equipped with Front Automatic Braking and Forward Collision Alert were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end striking crashes of all severities, 64 percent fewer rear-end striking crashes with any injuries, and 68 percent fewer rear-end striking crashes with third-party injuries compared with the same vehicles without a front crash prevention system.”
As of the latest year for which data is available, 2016, front to rear crashes, or “rear-endings” accounted for about 1/3 of the total crashes. There were 2.4 million of these types of crashes in the United States that were reported to the police that year.
This study is just the latest to confirm that automatic emergency braking systems work, and work very well. An earlier study by IIHS and HDLI of Volvo vehicles proved the efficacy of the systems as did a recent study looking at the effectiveness of systems to reduce pedestrian strikes by Subaru vehicles.
Every automaker has pledged to make automatic emergency braking standard in all of their mainstream models by 2022.
Edmunds, a leading car and shopping platform, announced the following vehicles won its 2019 Edmunds Buyers Most Wanted Awards (ranking based on the highest sales and the lowest average days-to-turn):
Honda Civic – Compact Car
Honda CR-V – Compact SUV
Chrysler 300 – Large Car
Chevrolet Tahoe – Large SUV
Ford F-150- Large Truck
Mercedes-Benz C-Class – Luxury Compact Car
Audi Q5- Luxury Compact SUV
Mercedes-Benz S-Class – Luxury Large Car
Lincoln Navigator – Luxury Large SUV
Lexus ES 350 – Luxury Midsize Car
Lexus RX 350 – Luxury Midsize SUV
Porsche 911 – Luxury Sports Car
Honda Accord – Midsize Car
Toyota Highlander – Midsize SUV
Toyota Tacoma – Midsize Truck
Honda Odyssey – Minivan
Ford Mustang – Sports Car
Did you know
According to Share The Road Texas, a bicycle safety awareness program, 70% of bicycle crash fatalities happened at non-intersections. The program advises drivers need to be aware of cyclists and give them at least 3 feet of space.
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