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GM gauges effectiveness of automated safety features on its cars

Automated safety features have been shown to prevent crashes, but many of the studies have not tested the features’ real-world effectiveness. However, a new study made by GM and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has done so. Drivers in New York may be interested to hear what type of crashes can be most frequently prevented.

The study focused on 2013 to 2017 GM cars that were involved in crashes in 10 different states. The number came to 3.8 million. Comparing those cars with advanced driver assistance systems to those cars without them, researchers found just how many crashes the ADAS can prevent. For example, forward collision alert can prevent 21% of rear-end crashes. Combined with forward automatic emergency braking, that percentage went up to 46%.

The best results were seen when cars are backing up. Four features, combined together, reduce the number of back-up crashes by 81%: reverse AEB, rear-view cameras, rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert. Lane-change crashes are 26% less likely with the right alerts, including a blind-spot alert. Crashes during nighttime and involving pedestrians, cyclists and animals are 35% less likely with GM’s IntelliBeam technology.

Cars with ADAS are costlier to replace, though, in the event of an accident. Many drivers are also annoyed by active safety features.

Innocent victims of vehicle accidents have a way to be compensated for their vehicle damage, their medical expenses, any pain and suffering and more. It’s filing a personal injury claim. New York is a no-fault state, so victims will first file with their own insurance company. They may want a lawyer’s advice after that because not everyone can file a third-party insurance claim. Victims might leave all settlement negotiations to their lawyer.

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