The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States conducted a study into the safety quotient of GM (General Motors) cars.
According to the IIHS study, GM vehicles can reduce crashes by up to 43 percent. The study was conducted after investigating reported car accidents across 23 states. General Motors is working towards a future of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestions. The results of the study demonstrate how effective the steps are already taken to achieve this goal.
The study concluded that GM vehicles equipped with automatic braking and forward collision warning saw police-reported front-to-rear crash statistics drop by 43 percent compared to similar vehicles not equipped with frontal crash prevention technology. Additionally, GM vehicles featuring those two safety features had 64% lower front-to-rear crashes with injuries involved.
These results offer further evidence that front-crash prevention systems are helping drivers avoid crashes. For vehicles equipped solely with forward collision warning, the crash rate reductions were 17 percent for front-to-rear and 30 percent for front-to-rear crashes with injuries. The test findings also show that the combination of forward collision warning and autobrake reduced front-to-rear crash rates by 50 percent for all severities, and 56 percent for front-to-rear crashes with injuries. Independent evaluation showed that forward collision warning without autobrake cut collision rates by 27 percent and 20 percent respectively.
GM’s smart technology helps form the foundation blocks for the next stages in autonomous, connected, and shared vehicle technology. The tech is already showing a clear reduction in the number and frequency of crashes in the present day. It continued evolvement and implementation across the GM lineup will help move the automotive industry towards a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. General Motors is also developing Level 4 autonomy to be tested by consumers in major cities across the United States in 2019.