The comprehensive study, by Swedish automotive company Volvo, has demonstrated that auto-braking collision avoidance systems have real world benefits. The research found that the technology reduced incidences of whiplash and other neck-related injuries in low-speed traffic accidents.
The technology works by using laser technology to monitor a six-metre space in front of the vehicle, activating the brakes and switching off the throttle if a collision is unavoidable.
The City Safety system was launched in 2008 and in its first two generations worked at speeds of up to 18mph. This was then increased to 31mph in 2013, and was this year boosted to cover driving at all speeds.
Volvo claimed that the data, which covers ‘over 160,000 vehicle years in traffic’, makes the study unique in that it covers all accidents, regardless of whether anyone was injured.
Magdalena Lindman, technical expert at Volvo, said: “We’ve been monitoring the performance of our collision avoidance systems in Volvo Cars throughout Sweden, where we have a 20% market share.
“We believe that collision avoidance systems will be an enabler for cars that do not crash and allow people the freedom to drive or be driven in comfort to their destination.”