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NTSB Hopes to Require Safety Tech in Future Vehicles

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 22, 2012

Washington Car Collision PreventionThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its “Most Wanted List” for transportation safety in the U.S. The list, which includes plans for trains, aircraft, pipelines, and automobiles, included some high-tech hopes for cars: mandated collision avoidance technology.

Collision-avoidance technology systems currently exist or are being designed to perform a wide range of tasks – everything from warning drivers if the car drifts out of its lane to automatically checking vehicle tire pressure. Many of the systems use computerized sensors to check on the vehicle’s position, speed, or other factors, then feed the information into a computer that makes calculations and alerts the driver if something isn’t right. Read the rest »

Do Crash Avoidance Systems Help Reduce Car Accidents?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 2, 2011

Car Crash Avoidence TechnologyThe name “crash avoidance system” applies to a wide range of different kinds of technology installed in vehicles to help drivers operate their vehicles safely and avoid accidents. These features may alert the driver when the car is too close to another vehicle on the front or side, when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane, or when a car or another object is in the driver’s blind spot. Many drivers are already familiar with rear-facing cameras in cars that show the driver what is behind the vehicle.

Although many types of crash avoidance systems are available, do they really help reduce the number of accidents that cause serious injury or death on U.S. roads? For many of these systems, there’s not enough information yet to be sure, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Electronic stability control (ESC) systems have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes by up to 49 percent by helping the vehicle stay on the road if it enters a curve or swerves too quickly or too sharply, according to one study. Similarly, sensors in Volvo vehicles that alert the driver when the car might rear-end something ahead of it reduced both injuries and crashes that caused vehicle damage, according to research by the Highway Loss Data Institute. Read the rest »

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