It’s a given that automobile manufacturers are striving to do a better job of protecting people in crashes, but new advanced technology now aims to prevent many crashes from happening altogether. And many newer automobiles include technology that helps warn drivers of possible collision while driving in reverse. Now a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI),) an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, finds that one type of advanced forward collision avoidance system is working to prevent about a quarter of the common low-speed crashes that happen in everyday commuter traffic.

An HLDI study of insurance claims found that Volvo XC60 midsize SUVs outfitted with a standard collision avoidance feature called City Safety are far less likely to be involved in low-speed crashes than comparable vehicles without the system. City Safety is designed to help a driver avoid rear-ending another vehicle in slow-moving, heavy traffic. Claims under property damage liability coverage — the insurance that pays for damage to vehicles that an at-fault driver hits — were filed 27 percent less often for the XC60 than other midsize luxury SUVs.

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