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Advances in Technology Cause Decline in Tennessee Auto Accidents

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), advances in automobile safety technology have made a significant impact on the number of accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities over the past two decades. In fact, new safety features have reduced the number of injuries related to vehicle accidents by an impressive 50 percent since 1998.

While improvements to seat belts, braking systems, electronic stability control and airbags have been making their way to most models of vehicles throughout recent years, the development of more high-tech safety features is estimated to reduce the number of vehicle accident fatalities by approximately 30 percent, according to a recent study.

Such claims have got some consumers shaking their heads in amazement, wondering how the current 33,000 fatalities that occur per year due to vehicle accidents can be reduced by an astounding 10,000. The answer, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group, is by increased adoption of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

What Are ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are automobile safety features like lane departure warning sensors, auto braking systems, collision avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control and autonomous driving systems. While many of these features are already available in 2015 and 2016 model vehicles, the number of automobiles equipped with ADAS is expected to increase significantly by 2020. Unfortunately, these innovative safety features do not come cheap.

According to David Zuby, Chief Research Office with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), even the addition of front collision avoidance systems can tack on an extra thousand dollars (or more) to the price of a new vehicle. Additionally, many of the vehicles that claim to offer these new safety features actually fail to meet NHTSA criteria. In order to assist consumers with selecting vehicles that offer adequate advanced safety features that are well worth the money, the Insurance Institute conducted a series of tests on a variety of different vehicles.

While some Automated Driver Assistance Systems are designed to help prevent accidents from occurring, many of the less expensive systems are intended to simply reduce the severity of accidents. It is the hope of IIHS that a variety of ADAS options be available to the mainstream, and these lower priced systems are often a more achievable solution for drivers purchasing non-luxury vehicles.

ADAS That Could Be Coming Soon to a Vehicle Near You

A number of ADAS that are now available in 2015 and 2016 model vehicles were only available in approximately one percent to four percent of cars in 2010. As technology has continued to advance, however, and the need for these safety features has been better identified, that number has risen to an estimated two percent to seven percent. Individuals who are interested in purchasing vehicles that are equipped with Automated Driver Assistance Systems might want to be on the look out for features like those listed below.

Autonomous Driving Systems

These days, major motor vehicle manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Acura, and even technology companies like Google are testing various vehicles that are designed to drive themselves. These innovative cars utilize advanced safety features that are designed to prevent accidents and reduce accident damages and passenger injuries. These automated vehicles require almost no human intervention to steer the vehicle, accelerate or brake. Nissan has even promised to bring affordable autonomous vehicles to mainstream drivers by 2020.

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