Rear Crash Prevention Technology
The creation of technology to keep us safe while we are driving is becoming increasingly important. Research that was done by IIHS and HLDI showing that rear parking sensors and a rearview camera can cut back crash rates by more than 75%.
While crashes that occur when backing up, say in a parking lot, there is not normally serious injury. However, property damage costs can be high and the lack of a vehicle can cause huge stress for families.
What do these assistive technologies consist of?
- Parking sensors that issue beeing warnings or vibrations when your car gets too close to another vehicle or object behind it
- Rear cross-traffic alerts that warn drivers of approaching vehicles that could cross their path
- Rear autobrake systems that detect objects behind a reversing vehicle and might automatically brake is the driver doesn’t stop themselves.
According to the study, GM’s rear autobrake system is reducing backing crashes by 62%. They are also reducing the frequency of claims reported to insurers.
The IIHS will be rating these rear autobrake systems in some new vehicles. The systems will receive either a superior, advanced or basic rating. These tests, are not to for injury evaluation, but for property damage in low-speed crashes.
This technology is not very common on vehicles but is being added to more and more models every year. While this technology might not be on cars to prevent injuries specifically, it could greatly reduce property damage claims