The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested cars equipped with collision warning and automatic braking 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 vehicle to earn the highest rating in this safety test. 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.
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 with some type of alarm or through vibrations in the seat, or both. The systems prepare the brakes to maximize their effect when the driver presses them, or they begin the braking process on their own.
This self-braking mechanism is proving to be a huge safety addition. By slowing the speed before the driver even hits the brakes, the car is preventing a more severe wreck and more major injuries. These cars are leading the way for a soon-to-be standard in vehicles across the world.
As a car accident injury lawyer, I am excited to see innovation make strides toward safer roads and transportation. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to prevent accidents from happening, but collision warning has given our cars a way to protect us before an accident even occurs.
Car accident prevention is becoming more and more real, and I think that it's just getting started. As technology continues to develop, I believe we're going to see some incredible things that we never could have imagined were possible. I think most car manufacturers will begin adding collision warning technology in order to meet the same safety standard as these listed cars.