Technology Can Reduce Rear-End Collisions

by Community Manager on ‎07-22-2015 04:05 PM - last edited on ‎07-23-2015 03:33 PM by Lithium Technologies (2,445 Views)

Collision-avoidance systems can reduce the number of traffic fatalities from rear-end collisions.


Since 1995, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for technological solutions to prevent rear-end crashes. Recently, the NTSB released a 60-page report documenting the advantages of forward collision-warning systems, which alert you when your vehicle is in danger of colliding with another vehicle ahead of you. The type of warning that the systems use will vary between vehicles—some use a flashing light, while others use an alarm sound or vibration.


The NTSB study (The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes) found more than 87 percent of rear-end crashes involve some degree of driver inattention. In assessing rear-end crashes that occurred in 2011 and 2012, the report determined that 2,220 fatalities (82.2 percent) could have been prevented by collision-avoidance technology. Another type of collision-avoidance system is autonomous emergency braking, which automatically applies the brakes when a collision is likely.


This analysis led the NTSB to assert that collision-avoidance technology delivers “clear benefits that could reduce rear-end crash fatalities.” They are recommending that automakers include collision avoidance systems as standard equipment, beginning with collision warning systems, then adding autonomous emergency braking as soon as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) completes development of standards for those systems.


Following the NTSB’s report, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Edward Markey (D-MA), and U.S. Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), announced their intention to sponsor the Safety Through Informed Consumers Act (STICRS). This bill would require NHTSA to integrate active safety technology into its crash-worthiness rating system.


AAA Tests
Forward collision-warning and autonomous emergency braking systems are just two of the collision avoidance technologies that have been introduced in recent years. AAA has tested several of these technologies, and the results are encouraging. Click on the links below to learn more about each system, watch related videos, and find out how they did in our tests.


The Bottom Line

If you’re in the market for a new car, and it’s been a few years since the last time you purchased one, you should be pleased with the advanced technology available today—especially when it comes to safety. As with any large purchase, you’ll want to make an informed choice and be aware of what these advanced systems can provide—and most importantly, educate yourself on how to use them.


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