– Forward collision warning with automatic braking
– Emergency brake assistance
– Lane departure warning
– Blind spot detection
– Adaptive headlights.
The Insurance Institute analyzed crash data from 2002 to 2006, looking to correlate the circumstances of crashes with the potential for one of the five active safety technologies to make a difference.
– Forward collision warning and emergency brake assistance: the IIHS estimates more than 2.2 million crashes with 7,000 fatalities occurred annually, on average, during the 2002-2006 period that might have been prevented or made less severe if cars had systems that anticipated a head on collision, and braked the car. That’s about 40% of total crashes reported to police on average per year during that time.
– Adaptive headlights: an investigation led by TUV Rheinland proved a positive influence of Xenon light on nighttime accidents. A full switch to Xenon would save 1200 fatality crashes, or 18% of the nighttime traffic crash deaths.