The Future of Crash Test Ratings:
There’s no doubt that the IIHS will make its top ratings tougher to attain, which will spur automakers to manufacture and design safer vehicles.
“We have gradually made the criteria to earn Top Safety Pick tougher over time, and that will continue,” said Rader. “Eventually, vehicles will have to earn a “Good” rating in the small overlap test to qualify for the highest award and we expect to tighten the requirements for front crash prevention performance as well.”
Rader also said technology, like front collision prevention systems, is proving to be effective at reducing accidents and collisions and that there may be more tests that involve safety technology in the future.
“The goal is to encourage the highest level of crashworthiness performance and to drive the wider availability of the most effective crash prevention systems.”