Study Proves Rear-end Crashes Could Be Prevented By Automatic Braking

2010-volvo-xc60-1The Highway Loss Data Institute reports that systems to automatically brake a vehicle if it is about to slam into the car in front at low speeds are preventing one out of four rear-end collisions.

On the other hand, the research covers only one vehicle prepared with such a system: the Volvo XC60 midsize crossover SUV.

The research of insurance claims discovered that Volvo XC60 equipped with a normal accident prevention feature named City Safety are 27% less probably to be involved in low-speed crashes than similar vehicles without the system.  The research looked at property damage liability coverage — the insurance that pays for damage to vehicles that an at-fault driver strikes.

Adrian Lund, president of HLDI, said, “This is our first real-world look at an advanced crash avoidance technology, and the findings are encouraging.  City Safety is helping XC60 drivers avoid the kinds of front-to-rear, low-speed crashes that frequently happen on congested roads.”

Volvo and new automakers as well offer optional forward collision warning systems designed to assist drivers avoid crashed at higher speeds, but there is no word on their efficiency yet under the same research method.

The City Safety system turned out to be standard on XC60s starting last model year.  It as well is standard on 2011-12 S60 sedans and 2012 model S80 sedans and XC70 wagons.

City Safety uses an infrared laser sensor built into the windshield and works at speeds of around 2 to 19 miles each hour.  It detects and responds to other vehicles in 18 feet of the XC60’s front bumper during both daytime and nighttime driving.