The best way to reduce crash injuries is to keep from crashing in the first place.
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.
March 30, 2016
New IIHS ratings show most headlights are lacking
The Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car out of 31 evaluated that is available with a lighting system that earns a good rating.
Drivers don’t use high beams enough
Observations in Michigan show that most drivers don't turn on their high beams when they should, even on the darkest roads.
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.
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.
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.
Many names for front crash prevention
Manufacturers often use their own terms for common features.
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.
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.
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.
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
More than a dozen new cars and SUVs earn the highest rating of superior in the latest round of IIHS front crash prevention evaluations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 9, 2014
Adaptive headlights improve visibility
Headlights that swivel in response to steering input help drivers see objects on dark curvy roads earlier, a new IIHS study finds.
Future availability of adaptive lights
Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benefits of parking sensors
Buick drivers say they like parking sensors, which help prevent property damage.
Drivers like crash avoidance features
Front crash prevention, adaptive cruise control and other high-tech systems are proving popular among drivers of nonluxury brands.
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.
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.
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.
Models with forward collision avoidance
Manufacturers are making good progress in adding crash avoidance systems to their fleets to help mitigate frontal crashes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volvo's pedestrian detection system
Volvo has already brought a pedestrian detection system to the U.S. market. Other automakers are close behind.
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.
May 20, 2010
Estimates of crash avoidance benefits
Four existing crash avoidance features could prevent 1 of 3 fatal crashes if all vehicles head them.
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.
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.
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.
New features' success depends on drivers
How drivers respond to new crash avoidance technologies will help determine how well they work to reduce crashes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
May 6, 1995
Daytime running lights reduce crashes involving two vehicles
February 25, 1995
Antllock brakes aren't reducing crashes or crash costs
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