Report:Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Save Lives, Save Money
Automatic emergency braking systems have two benefits. They save lives, and they save money.
According to a just-released analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), front automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems offer more lifesaving benefits while rear automatic braking systems limit mishaps caused by backing up. Eliminating those relatively minor reversing accidents doesn't prevent many injuries or deaths, but it does save both consumers and insurance companies money.
The HLDI analysis found that front-facing automatic emergency braking systems can cut the frequency of bodily injury liability claims by nearly 25%. A similar study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) involving police-reported crashes — typically the most severe type of collision — found front automatic emergency braking reduced "front-to-rear" crashes by 50%. Often referred to as rear-ending another vehicle, these crashes can be deadly, particularly when the car responsible for the collision is moving at high speed.
Meanwhile, rear AEB reduces collision claims by 3% and property damage liability claims by 14%.