Technology is helping vehicles achieve better ratings on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s front crash prevention test.
The BMW 5 Series, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and 2015 Hyundai Genesis all received a ‘Superior’ rating with six points in the IIHS front crash prevention test when equipped with advanced features such as Collision Warning with braking function (BMW), Automatic Emergency Braking (Hyundai) and Pre-Safe Brake (Mercedes-Benz). Other vehicles that received a ‘Superior’ rating but was awarded five points were the Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala.
Less than a year into the new IIHS ratings for front crash prevention, automakers are adopting the most beneficial systems with automatic braking capabilities in order to keep their vehicles safe. According to the report, 21 of 24 cars and SUVs have earned an advanced or higher rating on the latest round of testing.
The report also revealed that side curtain airbags that deploy in rollover crashes help reduce front-seat occupant deaths in first-event rollers by 41 percent, according to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition, a new rule issued by NHTSA will make it so nearly all new passenger vehicles will have a rearview camera by May 2018. Even without the rule however, NHTSA believes that 73 percent of the vehicles sold by 2018 will have a rearview camera.
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