Vehicle safety technology aims to reduce the number of car accidents and keep everyone safer on the road. Common solutions right now include blind spot monitoring systems, lane-keeping systems, automated breaking systems, and parking systems. This technology takes out the chance for human error, which contributes to most car accidents. When a driver is inattentive, misjudges how much space they have, is distracted, or accidentally overcorrects their steering, they can get in a car accident. As more cars include safety technology, there has been a significant decrease in car accidents.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted two tests looking at crash rates for cars with lane-keeping systems and blind spot monitoring. Lane-keeping systems nudge the driver when they start to drift out of their lane, and blind spot monitoring informs the driver of another car in their blind spot. Both systems helped lower the crash rates vs. the cars that did not have those systems. They found that lane-keeping systems lowered rates of sideswipe and head-on crashes by 11 percent. Blind spot monitoring systems helped reduce crash rates by 14 percent. In all, 86 percent of fatal crashes was reduced because of the safety technology.