Consumer Watch: Collision Avoidance Technology

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – They cause thousands in damage, serious injuries and even death.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says high tech systems in new cars aimed at preventing or mitigating from end crashes are in fact keeping drivers safer.

It’s called Collision Avoidance Technology. The institute tested several to determine if they’re effective and worth your money.

The warning system alerts drivers of a pending collision with an automatic braking system. The institute says they effectiveness doubles the top performers, the Subaru Legacy and Outback, Cadillac ATS and SRX, Mercedes Benz C class and Volvo’s S60 and XC60.

Without auto brakes, damage exceeds $28,000 but with them, it’s less than $6,000.

The cost of the crash avoidance technologies could be hundreds up to thousands of dollars depending how advance the system is. The technology is most optional now.

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