Technology is ever-changing and can be an excellent thing. New research was presented by IIHS on Tuesday that shows how automatic emergency braking systems have helped to reduce the number of crashes and crash-related injuries in vehicles produced by General Motors (GM).
The safety body is independent and not associated with GM. They said that the front crash prevention systems (optional) can reduce the amount of front-to-rear crashes that were reported to the police by up to 43 percent. The optional systems include forward-collision alerts and automated braking. Front-to-rear crash injuries dropped by almost 64 percent when these systems were in place. GM vehicles with the forward collision alert only saw 17 percent reductions for any front-to-rear crashes and about 30 percent for crashes with injuries.
Across the car-making industry, IIHS did find that forward-collision warnings and automatic braking reduced crash rates (front-to-rear) by up to 50 percent and up to 56 percent for crashes with injuries (front-to-rear.) Their latest study looked at Cadillac, Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet models in the 2013-2015 range. It also looked at 23 different state police reports.
More Brands Including Features
Many auto brand names are focusing on including forward collision warnings and automatic emergency braking as a standard part of the package, usually bundled with a variety of other active safety features. However, GM isn’t part of that group. Usually, GM offers pricier or better technology on the more luxury trims, such as Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet vehicles.
For example, the Chevrolet Equinox can include automatic emergency braking, but only at the Premier model. While less expensive than other luxury models, it’s still pretty pricey. The Chevrolet Blazer, on the other hand, bundles automatic emergency braking (and other features) as standard regardless of trim.