Fatality-Free Roads a Possibility: Study

Fatality-Free Roads a Possibility: Study

Deaths caused by car accidents could become a thing of the past.

Next month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will release a study that will show a record number of vehicles experienced no deaths during 2009-2012, hinting that a goal of fatal-free highways is a possibility.

Despite being “a tall order,” IIHS Senior Vice President Russ Rader admits that “the goal is definitely feasible.” Various automakers around the world are working hard on advanced safety features, such as Volvo, opening its new proving grounds called AstaZero as it works on helping make death-free roadways a reality by 2020.

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Currently over 30,000 Americans are killed each year from highway fatalities, but that number has fallen nearly 40 percent since its peak. Credit has to be given to automakers that have realized safety has become a priority for auto shoppers while federal safety mandates have also increased, such as the requirement for electronic stability control on all passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. Other technologies being developed include vehicle-to-vehicle communication and autonomous driving.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]