An analysis of traffic accident claims by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that a number of new auto safety technologies, like forward collision warning systems are linked to lower accident claim rates.
Forward collision warning systems that come with autonomous braking were found to be much more effective in reducing accident risks. These technologies allow the system to brake automatically when the car is in danger of colliding with a person, or another vehicle right in front of it.
Besides forward collision warning systems, the analysis also found that adaptive headlights help reduce accident rates. These headlights help motorists avoid accidents by helping them to see around curves.
The analysis proves what has been evident for a while now – the declining number of traffic accident fatalities in the US is a direct result of the safer cars that are now plying our roads. Many cars now come with updated safety technologies like forward collision warning systems, adaptive headlights and other systems that are designed to reduce the risk of accidents.
However, that does not mean that all safety technologies are clearly beneficial. For instance, the analysis also found that lane departure warning systems are linked to an increased accident claim rate. That is a surprising finding, because lane departure warning systems have also been promoted as an effective way to prevent motorists from veering off lanes, and causing accidents.
The Highway Loss Data Institute admits that it was not expecting to see the huge benefits that seemed to be evident from the use of adaptive headlights. The agency was also not prepared for the negative effects of lane departure warning systems, and has no explanation for why these systems are linked to an increased accident rate.