Park Assist Helps Drivers Avoid Backing Crashes

This article reports on new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) demonstrating that a rear automatic braking system bundled with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera can reduce backing crash-involvement rates by more than 75%, while a rear cross-traffic alert system alone can reduce them by more than 20%. The author reviews the numbers of backing crashes reported to police, the role of rearview cameras, the presence of backup systems in some General Motors cars and sport utility vehicles (SUV) and in some Mazda vehicles, and ways to determine how these technologies are performing in real-world settings. Readers are referred to other articles that describe the rating systems that are being used to assess rear autobrake features in specific vehicle models and the implications of rear autobrake features as noted in police reports.


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  • Accession Number: 01672656
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2018 1:49PM