New Estimates of Benefits of Crash Avoidance Features on Passenger Vehicles

This article reviews the latest evidence regarding the benefits of crash avoidance features on passenger vehicles. The evidence was gathered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on four technologies: lane departure warning/prevention, forward collision warning/mitigation, side view assist (also called blind spot detection), and adaptive headlights. Crash data are from the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The study found that the lane departure warning has the potential to prevent or reduce the most fatal crashes, while forward collision warning seems to have the greatest benefit for reducing crashes of lower severity. One set of tables summarizes the types of crashes potentially prevented or mitigated, by type of system. Readers can obtain the full study results by emailing the IIHS (


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  • Accession Number: 01166974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2010 8:21AM