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8/7/2012 - Crash avoidance systems proving to reduce accident frequency

New auto technologies may help reduce crashes.

It appears as though the crash avoidance technologies installed in many of today's cars are doing what they were designed to do, a new auto insurance claim analysis shows.

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, collision avoidance systems - specifically those that can apply the brakes without the assistance of the motorist - have been particularly effective at preventing crashes, as fewer claims have been filed among vehicles with these types of systems in board. Other crash deterrence features that have proven to be useful include adaptive headlights and lane departure warning systems.

Matt Moore, vice president of the HLDI, noted that automakers and consumers are benefitting tremendously from the technology that keeps more of today's drivers and passengers safe when they are out on the road.

"As more automakers offer advanced technologies on their vehicles, insurance data provide an early glimpse of how these features perform in the real world," said Moore. "So far, forward collision technology is reducing claims, particularly for damage to other vehicles, and adaptive headlights are having an even bigger impact than we had anticipated."

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