• 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
  • July 12, 2016

    Most small SUV headlights rate poor

    Only four small SUVs out of 21 tested are available with acceptable headlights, and none earns a good headlight rating.

  • 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 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.

  • March 30, 2016

    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.

    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
  • 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.

    Volume 49, Number 7
  • October 9, 2014

    Future availability of adaptive lights

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

    Volume 49, Number 7
  • 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
  • May 6, 1995

    Daytime running lights reduce crashes involving two vehicles

    Volume 30, Number 4
  • February 25, 1995

    Antllock brakes aren't reducing crashes or crash costs

    Volume 30, Number 2