HLDI started a research for safety

Posted on Friday, 6 July 2012 , 16:07:48 byEmil

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HLDI started a research for safety


Many of us wondered at some point if the collision avoidance system, the adaptive headlights and the automatic braking are really worth the extra money. The Highway Loss Data Institute developed a research in this direction and the results offered an answer. YES! VP of HLDI, Matt Moore said that thanks to the new automotive technologies, claims have decreased especially the ones for damage to other vehicles. The ones that analyzed the data said that the avoidance systems offered on Acura and Mercedes-Benz lowered property damage liability claims by up to 14%. Volvo units equipped with the same avoidance systems noticed a 10% improvement. Of course, the results in this case may have been influenced by the lane departure and fatigue warning devices. It may sound crazy, but the study showed that the lane departure alert systems seemed to increase crash claims. It is possible the lane departure warning will save lives in the future, but now they are not really doing a very good job. The improved ones the specialists will develop might actually change this uncertain situation. They think the drivers receive too many false alarms and this might make them turn them off completely or make them tune out. Anyway, this is not really an explication for the increase claim rates. The specialists that conducted the study will gather more information just to be sure what it the real problem and so, fix it. The Highway Loss Data Institute is actually a non-profit affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The final results will be presented as soon as the specialists will find out more.