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Does smart technology make cars safer?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Smart technology becomes more prevalent in daily life year after year, and the vehicle industry exemplifies this better than any other. As new vehicle models increase their assortment of smart features, however, the question arises as to whether or not this technology truly makes cars safer.

It is an understandable concern that allowing the vehicle to determine what is safe might lead to complacent drivers. Statistics can alleviate these concerns by illustrating how smart technology contributes to safety.

How does smart technology help reduce car crashes?

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on police reports and insurance claims shows that smart crash avoidance technology leads to fewer collisions of every nature. Most notably, the study indicates that rear automatic braking features result in up to 78% fewer backing crashes. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rearview cameras are all other examples of smart tech that noticeably reduce the risk of crashes.

How else can smart technology benefit drivers?

While it is easy to draw the conclusion that smart technology directly contributes to the safety of smart car drivers, other motorists may enjoy the benefits as well. Crash-avoidance technology makes the road a safer place overall. As an added benefit, smart car drivers might notice certain costs decrease due to lower crash risk.

Smart technology is a growing area of vehicle manufacturing, making it difficult to predict how these features will affect traffic safety in the future. As it stands, though, crash avoidance technology proves to be a viable deterrent against accidents and injuries.