The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently conducted a test on cars equipped with collision warning and automatic braking systems. This test was done to establish which high-tech cars have the best crash prevention systems. It gave a “superior” rating to cars that both warned the driver of a potential collision and applied the automatic brakes to significantly slow the cars.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems. The BMW 5 Series, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and 2015 Hyundai Genesis also earned “superior” ratings in the test results.
“The highest scoring systems are those that give both a warning about a possibility of a collision and then follow that up with automatic braking in the event that the driver doesn’t respond to the warning,” IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer David Zuby explained.
Collision warning and automatic braking systems use radars, cameras and lasers to determine if a vehicle is getting too close to the car in front of it. Most of the systems warn the driver audibly, with vibrations in the seat, or both – and prepare the brakes to maximize their effect when the driver presses them.
In some cases, the vehicles brake themselves. That action may not prevent a crash, the institute said, but reducing the speed before the car hits something can help make crashes – and injuries – less severe.
Jason Stone and his team of Boston Personal Injury Lawyers would like to encourage all future car shoppers to consider these vehicles before purchasing a new car.
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