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Published on Jul 2, 2012

HLDI news release • July 3, 2012

Crash avoidance features reduce crashes, insurance claim study shows; autonomous braking and adaptive headlights yield biggest benefits

An early crop of advanced crash avoidance technologies includes some clear success stories when it comes to preventing crashes, insurance claim analyses by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) show.

Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that can brake autonomously, along with adaptive headlights, which shift direction as the driver steers, show the biggest crash reductions. Lane departure warning appears to hurt, rather than help, though it's not clear why, and other systems, such as blind spot detection and park assist, aren't showing clear effects on crash patterns yet.

Full text of release at http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr070312...

Forward collision avoidance animation at http://youtu.be/iRM22oXXn8k
Adaptive headlights animation at http://youtu.be/mN12Ruex3m0
Lane departure warning animation at http://youtu.be/xdX6J5KQXS0

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