Traffic crashes are down, and with them vehicle damage and presumably injuries, thanks to driver assistance systems that are increasingly common on new cars and trucks. That’s the conclusion by a variety of experts.
Companies like Volvo and General Motors have gone public with goals of a world with zero automotive fatalities, but what nobody’s saying is that tech in today’s vehicles is already preventing accidents. New pedestrian-detection systems will address increasing pedestrian deaths.
More than half owners of new cars with the systems said the features helped prevent a crash in the first 90 days they had the vehicle, according to a 2018 study by J.D. Power.
The study’s results include:
49% of owners said blind spot alert helped avoid a crash.
42% said backup cameras and parking sensors did.
35% credited forward collision alert or automatic braking with preventing a crash.