• October 24, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 8 | Special Issue: distracted driving

    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 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 7

    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.

  • October 9, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 7

    Future availability of adaptive lights

    Adaptive headlights will be commonplace in 30 years, the latest HLDI estimates show.

  • May 29, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 4

    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.

  • May 29, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 4

    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.

  • May 29, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 4

    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 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 2

    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.

  • March 13, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 2

    Benefits of parking sensors

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

  • March 13, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 2

    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.

  • September 27, 2013 | Status Report, Volume 48, Number 7

    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.

  • April 25, 2013 | Status Report, Volume 48, Number 3

    Models with forward collision avoidance

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

  • April 25, 2013 | Status Report, Volume 48, Number 3

    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 | Status Report, Volume 47, Number 10

    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 | Status Report, Volume 47, Number 1

    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 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 8

    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 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 3

    Changing vehicles to protect pedestrians

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

  • March 30, 2011 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 3

    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 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 6

    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 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 5

    Estimates of crash avoidance benefits

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

  • May 20, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 5

    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 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 10

    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 | Status Report, Volume 43, Number 3 | Special Issue: crash avoidance features

    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.

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

    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 | Status Report, Volume 41, Number 10

    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.

  • 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 | Status Report, Volume 31, Number 10

    Antilock brakes increase fatal single-vehicle crashes

  • May 6, 1995 | Status Report, Volume 30, Number 4

    Daytime running lights reduce crashes involving two vehicles

  • February 25, 1995 | Status Report, Volume 30, Number 2

    Antllock brakes aren't reducing crashes or crash costs