Vans equipped with Autobrake technology have significantly fewer rear-end crashes: study
It’s no secret that pickup trucks are extremely popular in the United States and have grown steadily over the years in both size and weight. A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that automatic emergency braking systems “significantly” reduce rear-end collisions involving trucks. Unfortunately, the study also reveals that many pickups on the road lack this feature.
What exactly does dramatically mean in this circumstance? IIHS Vice President of Research Jessica Cicchino found a 43% lower rear crash rate in pickup trucks equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. Injuries resulting from rear-end collisions were 42% lower. And rear-end crash rates with serious injury or death have dropped by 77%. However, the IIHS notes that the 77% figure is not statistically significant.
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The data was compiled by looking at police-reported crashes in 25 states over a four-year period, from 2017 to 2020. The exact number of crashes used for the study is not disclosed, nor are the specific locations.
“These numbers confirm that AEB reduces accidents for pickup trucks, just as it does for cars, SUVs and large trucks,” Cicchino said. “The faster automakers can ensure that every pickup truck they sell has this important safety feature, the better.”
Unfortunately, the study claims that such systems in trucks have been slow to materialize. The IIHS concludes that of all pickup trucks registered on the road in 2021, only 5% had automatic braking systems. Meanwhile, 10% of cars and 18% of registered SUVs were equipped with AEB. Going forward, the study points out that larger trucks with a gross vehicle weight greater than 8,500 pounds will not be subject to a voluntary agreement requiring AEB systems until 2025. Even larger trucks over of 10,000 pounds does not come under the agreement at all.