Rear end collision injuries can be greatly reduced using new technology, according to The Partnership for Analytics Research in Traffic Safety (PARTS). The collaborative safety research group released the results of the largest-ever government-automaker study about the real-world effectiveness of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in passenger vehicles.
According to the study, vehicles equipped with forward collision warning (FCW) and automated emergency braking (AEB) cut front-to-rear collisions in half, greatly reducing rear end collision injuries. Furthermore, AEB continues to operate well in all settings, including poor road, weather, and illumination conditions. The research also demonstrates that vehicles equipped with active intervention technologies that support drivers in staying in their lane, such as lane keeping assistance (LKA) and lane centering assistance (LCA), are helpful in minimizing single-vehicle incidents that result in significant injury.
These emerging technologies can substantially reduce the number of crashes and improve safety outcomes,” said Tim Czapp, industry co-chair of the PARTS Governance Board and a senior manager at Stellantis. “Demonstrating industry’s proactive commitment, AEB is approaching standard deployment and with real-world effectiveness, is helping mitigate injuries and lives lost.”
Reducing Rear End Collision Injuries
PARTS is a voluntary partnership founded in 2018 by automakers and the US Department of Transportation to promote road safety through joint analysis of the real-world effectiveness of safety technology. The scope of PARTS is its strength, as participating auto manufacturers contributed vehicle equipment data for 47 million 2015-2020 model-year passenger vehicles in this first-of-its-kind, cross-industry study. This data was combined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 12 million police-reported collisions from 13 states (NHTSA).
Ann Carlson, NHTSA Acting Administrator, said that technology can save a lot of lives by preventing rear end collision injuries and other car accident injuries on America’s highways. “A crucial part of the safe system approach is making vehicles safer by leveraging innovation to prevent crashes and save lives on our nation’s roads,” Ann Carlson said. “Public-private partnerships are yet another tool to help accelerate the development and adoption of life-saving technology to protect all road users.”
The NHTSA study also shows that “vehicles equipped with active intervention technologies that help drivers stay in their lane, such as lane keeping assistance (LKA) and lane centering assistance (LCA), are effective in reducing single-vehicle crashes that lead to serious injury.”
Rear end collision injuries like whiplash can be serious and debilitating. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call 866-730-3508 for a free consultation with an Orlando car accident attorney at the Martinez Manglardi personal injury law firm. Convenient locations throughout Central Florida.