A new study completed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that rear-end crash prevention technology has a tremendous amount of promise for minimizing accidents. This study found that those vehicles who have rear-end crash prevention technology are much less likely to be involved in a rear-end collision. Some of the pieces of technology most common in these cars include rear view cameras, rear parking sensors, and rear automatic emergency braking. Rear-end crash prevention technology could help to decrease accidents and the severe injuries, such as whiplash, often common in these wrecks.
Not every model had all three of these features available in the form of rear-end crash prevention technology. When all three features were present, however, there was a 78% reduction of the chances of being involved in a rear-end collision reported to the police. Vehicles that did not have the rear automatic emergency braking but have rear parking sensors experienced a 42% reduction in accident likelihood and the use of a rear cross traffic warning system could reduce backing over crashes by as much as 20%. Rear collisions are a serious problem throughout California and the United States and can lead to common and severe injuries such as whiplash.
Rear automatic emergency braking does hold a tremendous amount of promise to reduce the number of vehicle accidents, however, it is only an option on approximately 5% of new cars and its only available as a bonus feature, and as a standard feature, this form of rear-end crash technology is available in less than 1% of cars.