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Active safety systems, such as the emergency auto-braking, could greatly improve the number of accidents, according to a new IIHS study.

Safety regulators are speeding up their efforts to impose new rules that could greatly decrease the number of traffic fatalities. And safety active systems are playing a crucial role in this quest, as a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. According to the report, rear-end crashes incidence could be reduced by 39 percent if cars featured both automatic braking and forward collision warning systems. The latter alone lowers the accidents rate by 23 percent, but it has little effect in reducing injury, the study shows. Better safety improvement brings the automatic braking system which reduces rear-end accidents by about 40 percent on average. “It’s surprising that forward collision warning didn’t show more of an injury benefit,” wrote Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research, given that insurance data found big reductions in injury claims.

The IIHS study concluded that if all cars on the road had been equipped with these technologies, that would have prevented about 700,000 police-reported rear-end crashes in 2013. For the 2015 model year, just one percent of vehicles included automatic braking as a standard feature, while 26 percent offered it as an option, according to IIHS. “The success of front crash prevention represents a big step toward safer roads,” says David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “As this technology becomes more widespread, we can expect to see noticeably fewer rear-end crashes.” Pushed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a group of 10 automakers agreed last year to eventually make automatic braking systems a standard feature on all new cars, with other manufacturers joining since, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said this month.

Via Automotive News