• February 22, 2018

    New ratings target backing crashes

    Two rear autobrake systems earn the highest rating of superior, and four earn the second-highest rating of advanced in the first IIHS evaluations of rear crash prevention systems.

  • February 22, 2018

    Systems cut real-world backing crashes

    Rear autobrake bundled with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera can cut backing crash rates by more than 75 percent, new IIHS research shows.

    Volume 53, Number 1
  • February 14, 2018

    Driver reactions to automated systems vary

    A new study of how drivers react to automated systems suggests they are most comfortable with those that make smooth, gradual movements and are wary of using the features in the most challenging driving conditions.

  • December 28, 2017

    Safety features spread through fleet

    Park assist systems are spreading through the vehicle fleet faster than front crash prevention, despite the latter's proven benefits, a new HLDI study shows.

    Volume 52, Number 10
  • October 19, 2017

    Car tech could protect motorcyclists

    Crash avoidance features on passenger vehicles could prevent or mitigate more than 8,000 crashes with motorcycles if the systems were designed to detect them.

    Volume 52, Number 7
  • August 23, 2017

    Lane departure warning cuts crashes

    Lane departure warning and blind spot detection are helping to prevent the type of crashes they were designed to address, new IIHS research shows.

    Volume 52, Number 6
  • August 23, 2017

    Parking assist shifts drivers' attention

    Researchers from IIHS and MIT's AgeLab found that an automated parking system changed the focus of drivers' attention, causing them to look less at the road and more at the dashboard.

    Volume 52, Number 6
  • August 23, 2017

    GM's rear autobrake reduces crashes

    A rear automatic braking system from General Motors is reducing crashes reported to insurers.

    Volume 52, Number 6
  • August 23, 2017

    Alerts boost teens' turn-signal use

    Warning systems help teen drivers improve their turn-signal use and stay in their lanes, but they don't seem to discourage tailgating.

    Volume 52, Number 6
  • June 22, 2017

    Many drivers turn off lane maintenance

    Among vehicles with crash avoidance features, lane maintenance systems are turned off nearly half the time, a new study shows.

    Volume 52, Number 4
  • November 17, 2016

    Warning systems don't reduce distraction

    Drivers who receive crash avoidance warnings aren't any more likely to pay attention to the road than drivers who don’t, an IIHS study shows. They aren't any less likely either.

    Volume 51, Number 9
  • November 17, 2016

    Rearview cameras reduce backing crashes

    An IIHS study of police-reported backing collisions shows that rearview cameras cut such crashes by 16 percent. Older drivers benefit the most.

    Volume 51, Number 9
  • November 10, 2016

    Humans, not robots, still hold the wheel

    Self-driving vehicles are coming, but they won't supplant human drivers for decades to come. Automation can reduce crashes, but so can focusing on tried-and-true countermeasures.

    Volume 51, Number 8 | Special Issue: autonomous vehicles
  • November 10, 2016

    IIHS-HLDI drivers try out technology

    IIHS-HLDI staff have been taking vehicles outfitted with automated technologies on test drives. Turns out, even experts sometimes mistrust advanced features.

    Volume 51, Number 8 | Special Issue: autonomous vehicles
  • November 10, 2016

    In push for autonomy, NHTSA eyes safety

    U.S. regulators plan to use their recall authority if issues arise with highly automated vehicles and may seek the power to approve these vehicles before they come to market.

    Volume 51, Number 8 | Special Issue: autonomous vehicles
  • September 1, 2016

    Drivers who drift from lane may be asleep

    Drivers who crash as a result of drifting out of their lanes often are asleep, suffering a medical emergency, or blacked out due to drug or alcohol use.

    Volume 51, Number 7
  • September 1, 2016

    Benefits of ESC continue to add up

    Electronic stability control saved an estimated 4,100 lives in 2010-14, an updated federal analysis has found.

    Volume 51, Number 7
  • April 12, 2016

    Automakers compete to add autobrake

    Manufacturers who pledged to make autobrake standard by 2022 are now vying to get the crash avoidance technology into their models ahead of their competitors.

    Volume 51, Number 4
  • March 30, 2016

    New ratings focus on headlights

    The first IIHS headlight evaluations find only one midsize car with a good system available.

    Volume 51, Number 3
  • March 30, 2016

    Federal 5-star ratings set for overhaul

    Among the changes outlined in a sweeping proposal are a new oblique frontal crash test and ratings for crash avoidance and pedestrian protection.

    Volume 51, Number 3
  • March 17, 2016

    Automakers agree to standard AEB by 2022

    Automakers representing 99 percent of the U.S. auto market have committed to making front crash prevention with automatic braking standard on virtually all new vehicles by 2022.

  • February 26, 2016

    NHTSA weighs autobrake for large trucks

    Large trucks could get a major safety upgrade if the U.S. mandates front crash prevention systems on big rigs.

    Volume 51, Number 2
  • January 28, 2016

    Front crash prevention cuts rear-enders

    Both autobrake and forward collision warning are helping drivers avoid a pitfall of driving on congested roads, an IIHS study shows.

    Volume 51, Number 1
  • January 28, 2016

    Many names for front crash prevention

    Manufacturers often use their own terms for common features.

    Volume 51, Number 1
  • January 28, 2016

    Honda features help drivers of all ages

    Optional technology on the Honda Accord is preventing crashes for drivers of all ages, with drivers under 25 seeing the biggest benefit, new HLDI analyses show.

    Volume 51, Number 1
  • January 28, 2016

    Lane departure warning gets turned off

    Forward collision warning is much more likely than lane departure warning to be turned on in Hondas with both features.

    Volume 51, Number 1
  • September 11, 2015

    Automakers pledge to make automatic braking standard

    The commitment by a group of major vehicle manufacturers was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation and IIHS. It represents a big step toward making crash avoidance technologies widely available.

  • September 11, 2015

    IIHS completes expansion of its Vehicle Research Center

    The $30 million project, which includes a 5-acre covered track, will allow the Institute to put much more focus on crash avoidance technologies.

  • August 26, 2015

    New front crash prevention ratings

    A dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.

    Volume 50, Number 7
  • August 26, 2015

    Front crash prevention benefits mount

    Insurance data show that vehicles with front crash prevention have lower rates of claims for damage to other vehicles and injuries to people in other vehicles.

    Volume 50, Number 7
  • August 26, 2015

    Positive results for autobrake abroad

    Cars and SUVs with autobrake were involved in 38 percent fewer rear-end injury crashes in Australia and Europe than comparable models without it, a new meta-analysis shows.

    Volume 50, Number 7
  • July 30, 2015

    Truck tractors, large buses to get ESC

    Large trucks and buses soon will be equipped with the same technology that has slashed rollover crashes in passenger vehicles, thanks to a new federal requirement.

    Volume 50, Number 6
  • October 24, 2014

    A technological solution to distraction

    Technology that can intervene when drivers aren't paying attention offers a potential solution to the problem of distracted driving.

    Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving
  • May 29, 2014

    More top scores for front crash prevention

    IIHS awards eight superior and 13 advanced ratings for front crash prevention in a new round of evaluations.

    Volume 49, Number 4
  • May 29, 2014

    Honda system cuts insurance claims

    A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is cutting insurance claims, a HLDI study shows.

    Volume 49, Number 4
  • May 29, 2014

    NHTSA issues rearview camera rule

    Nearly all new passenger vehicles are expected to have rearview cameras by May 2018 under a new regulation designed to reduce backover crashes.

    Volume 49, Number 4
  • March 13, 2014

    Research shows benefit of rear cameras

    Rear cameras show promise in preventing backover crashes and are more effective than parking sensors in helping drivers avoid objects behind them, new IIHS research demonstrates.

    Volume 49, Number 2
  • March 13, 2014

    Benefits of parking sensors

    Buick drivers say they like parking sensors, which help prevent property damage.

    Volume 49, Number 2
  • March 13, 2014

    Drivers like crash avoidance features

    Front crash prevention, adaptive cruise control and other high-tech systems are proving popular among drivers of nonluxury brands.

    Volume 49, Number 2
  • December 19, 2013

    IIHS safety awards for 2014 go to 39 vehicles

    Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, Top Safety Pick+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn Top Safety Pick by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.

  • September 27, 2013

    IIHS launches front crash prevention ratings

    Seven midsize vehicles earn top marks under the new test program, which aims to help consumers decide which systems to consider. The ratings program is based on research by HLDI showing that forward collision warning and autobrake systems help drivers avoid front-to-rear crashes.

  • September 27, 2013

    Crash tests show why autobrake is important

    IIHS conducted two demonstration crash tests at different speeds to show how autobrake can reduce damage even when a crash can't be avoided.

    Volume 48, Number 7
  • April 25, 2013

    Volvo City Safety is reducing crashes

    Volvo's low-speed crash avoidance system is helping drivers avoid fender-benders and minor injuries on congested roads.

  • April 25, 2013

    Models with forward collision avoidance

    Manufacturers are making good progress in adding crash avoidance systems to their fleets to help mitigate frontal crashes.

    Volume 48, Number 3
  • April 25, 2013

    IIHS to expand Vehicle Research Center

    The VRC is undergoing a $30 million expansion to enable IIHS to accommodate a broader test program for crash avoidance systems.

    Volume 48, Number 3
  • December 20, 2012

    Volvo owners like crash avoidance features

    Owners of Volvos with advanced crash avoidance features find the systems useful, and the vast majority would want the technology again, an IIHS survey shows.

    Volume 47, Number 10
  • July 3, 2012

    Crash avoidance features cut insurance claims

    Early evidence that advanced crash avoidance technologies are cutting crashes in the real world comes from a study of insurance claims. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that brake autonomously, and adaptive headlights show the biggest crash reductions in HLDI's analysis.

  • June 20, 2012

    Newly insured riders benefit from ABS

    Antilock brakes cut crashes for motorcyclists of all abilities, but new riders seem to benefit the most, an analysis of insurance claims shows.

  • January 24, 2012

    Safety features spread slowly

    New technologies could cut crashes dramatically, but don't count on them being everywhere tomorrow. HLDI finds it takes about three decades for safety features to spread through the registered vehicle fleet.

    Volume 47, Number 1
  • September 28, 2011

    ESC benefits are mounting

    A new federal analysis of electronic stability control indicates the technology cuts by a fifth the probability that a vehicle will be in a fatal crash.

    Volume 46, Number 8
  • July 19, 2011

    High-tech system on Volvos is preventing crashes

    A HLDI analysis finds that Volvo's City Safety feature prevents about a quarter of the common low-speed crashes that happen in everyday commuter traffic. The study is HLDI's first real-world look at a new crop of advanced crash avoidance technologies.

  • March 30, 2011

    Changing vehicles to protect pedestrians

    Engineers are adding technology to vehicles to help drivers avoid hitting pedestrians and modifying vehicle designs to soften impacts.

    Volume 46, Number 3
  • March 30, 2011

    Volvo's pedestrian detection system

    Volvo has already brought a pedestrian detection system to the U.S. market. Other automakers are close behind.

    Volume 46, Number 3
  • June 19, 2010

    ESC cuts fatal crash risk by one-third

    Electronic stability control is one of the most effective technologies for preventing deadly crashes, especially single-vehicle rollovers, a new study confirms.

    Volume 45, Number 6
  • May 20, 2010

    Estimates of crash avoidance benefits

    Four existing crash avoidance features could prevent 1 of 3 fatal crashes if all vehicles had them.

    Volume 45, Number 5
  • May 20, 2010

    Technology could prevent truck crashes

    Four crash avoidance features could prevent or mitigate 1 of 4 large truck crashes, including 1 of 5 fatal ones.

    Volume 45, Number 5
  • November 18, 2009

    Drivers say they like crash avoidance

    A new survey shows owners of luxury vehicles are making use of new crash avoidance features and would want them on their next vehicles.

    Volume 44, Number 10
  • April 17, 2008

    Potential benefits of high-tech features

    A new Institute study estimates potential benefits of five crash avoidance technologies, finding that forward collision warning and lane departure warning hold the most promise.

    Volume 43, Number 3 | Special Issue: crash avoidance features
  • April 17, 2008

    New features' success depends on drivers

    How drivers respond to new crash avoidance technologies will help determine how well they work to reduce crashes.

    Volume 43, Number 3 | Special Issue: crash avoidance features
  • December 19, 2006

    Government should require ESC quickly

    The Institute supports a federal plan to require ESC in passenger vehicles but urges faster adoption than the government has proposed.

    Volume 41, Number 10
  • June 13, 2006

    Stability control could prevent a third of fatal crashes

    An extension of antilock brake technology, electronic stability control is designed to help drivers retain control of their vehicles during high-speed maneuvers or on slippery roads. Previous research found it significantly reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle crashes. Now researchers have found that the technology reduces the risk of fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32 percent.

  • September 28, 2005

    ESC reduces some insurance losses

    Electronic stability control lowers insurance losses for damage to the insured vehicle but has little effect on losses for damage to other people's vehicles or for injuries.

    Volume 40, Number 8
  • January 3, 2005

    ESC cuts fatalities, study shows

    Equipping cars and SUVs with electronic stability control can reduce fatal single-vehicle crashes by more than half, a new Institute study shows.

    Volume 40, Number 1
  • October 28, 2004

    Electronic stability control reduces fatal crash risk

    About half of the 28,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes that occur each year involve a single vehicle. Equipping cars and SUVs with electronic stability control can reduce the risk of involvement in these crashes by more than 50 percent, a new study finds. The effect on all single-vehicle crashes, fatal and nonfatal, is about 40 percent.

  • April 15, 2000

    New data on antilocks and crash rates

    Early data that showed cars with antilock brakes crashed more often remains a mystery, but the poor initial results seem to have faded.

    Volume 35, Number 4
  • December 10, 1996

    Antilocks on cars don't reduce fatal crashes

    Cars with antilock brakes are more likely than cars without them to be in crashes fatal to their own occupants. In particular, antilock cars are more likely to be in fatal single-vehicle crashes. These are the findings of a new IIHS study comparing the fatal crash experience of cars with antilocks and otherwise identical models with regular brakes.

  • December 7, 1996

    Antilock brakes increase fatal single-vehicle crashes

    Volume 31, Number 10
  • February 25, 1995

    Antllock brakes aren't reducing crashes or crash costs

    Volume 30, Number 2