Advanced safety technology really saves lives – report

Advanced safety technology really saves lives - report

A study of more than 12 million auto accidents in the United States proved that advanced safety technologies – like autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning – reduce motorists’ risk of injury by more than 50 percent.


A landmark US study has found that advanced safety technology nearly halves the likelihood of drivers suffering a bug-to-tail fender bender.

The study, commissioned by the Partnership for Analytics Research in Traffic Safety (PARTS), examined the effectiveness of forward collision warning (FCW) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems.

As reported in November 2021, AEB is set to become mandatory in all newly launched models in Australia from March 2023, while all new motor vehicles sold in Australia – regardless of when they were originally launched – will be required to have the technology from March 2025.



PARTS collected data from 12 million police-reported accidents in the US between January 2016 and August 2021. The data was provided by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The study also accessed vehicle data from 19 models from eight major automakers (Honda, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Stellantis, Subaru and Toyota) built between 2015 and 2020 – representing approximately 47 million cars on US roads is equivalent to.

Although these systems are designed more as a failsafe than to be relied upon, the study showed that they almost halved the likelihood of being involved in a front-to-rear crash while reducing the risk of injury by 10% more than 50 percent.



According to the study, vehicles equipped with forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are 49 percent more likely to avoid a rear-end collision.

If only forward collision warning installed in a vehicle reduces the likelihood of an accident by just 13 percent.

The study found that when both systems were combined, the likelihood of motorists being injured in an accident fell by 53 percent – while the warning-only system reduced the accident rate by 19 percent.



This data suggests that while front-to-tail car crashes don’t always eliminate contact, the technology reduces the car’s speed before impact, resulting in less serious injuries.

Vehicles equipped with enhanced safety features are also 42 percent less likely to have serious accidents with PARTS-Added.

An AEB test conducted on the new Ford Ranger

The organization conducted further tests on the effectiveness of lane departure warning systems, lane departure warning systems and lane change assistants and found that they are less effective than nose-to-tail technologies at reducing accidents.



A combination of the three lane-aware systems was found to reduce the chance of an accident by nine percent and the chance of injury by eight percent – but reduced serious accidents by 16 percent.

The study found that autonomous emergency braking systems for pedestrians were significantly less effective than any other safety technology – resulting in a four percent reduction in overall collisions and a two percent decrease in serious injuries.

As reported in August of this year, the US had its deadliest start to the year in two decades, killing 9,560 road users from January to March 2022 – the highest three-month toll period since 2002.



Last year, NHTSA recorded the highest US highway toll in 16 years, killing 42,915 drivers, passengers and other road users during the 12-month period.

Between August 2020 and August 2021, road pricing in Australia increased by 1.6 percent compared to the previous 12 months, with 1,126 people dying on the country’s roads.

In September, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) reported that 1,172 road users died in Australia from August 2021 to August 2022 – a 4.1 percent increase from the previous year.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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