Do the star-based safety ratings of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration work? We'd point out that automakers work hard to ensure the best ratings possible, and recent data shows that our roads are now safer.

NHTSA has made the five-star rating more difficult to obtain, and now Wards Automotive reports that the government agency is looking to advance the technology that helps avoid accidents altogether. The agency reportedly told attendees at a Society of Automotive Analysts event at the Detroit Auto Show that it is considering credits that reward safety avoidance tech, though NHTSA didn't detail what technologies would be highlighted.

Technologies that avoid accidents are likely to decrease the amount of accidents over time, and one technology NHTSA finds promising are vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems. V2V tech enables vehicles to "speak" to one another, and the agency feels it could drop fatalities from about 33,000 per year to 20,000. NHTSA is reportedly testing V2V communications, and several automakers are involved.


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      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      With all these safety systems, auto insurance rates should be dropping like a rock. They're not. Time for some kind of pressure to be applied on auto insurance companies. I want my safety dividend.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Idk how many vehicles I see on the road with bald ass tires...and their insurance company is none the wiser... We need safety inspections because people are just clueless...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not make driving tests harder?
      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the best accident avoidance measures are a responsive suspension, good brakes and sticky tires. And an attentive driver.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about extra minus points for cars catching on fire after collision test?
      Electrium
      • 2 Years Ago
      The NHTSA only makes the test as difficult for American cars to achieve the 5-star rating. I'd like to see those cars put through Mercedes' testing facility where they are tested more thoroughly for autobahn speeds. I think the NHTSA is pretty useless. I'd be surprised if their technology is nearly as good as the auto manufacturers.
      shopa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please look at my auto safety bumper system at www.safersmallcars.com It can make cars safer in collisions.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      quick come up with an excuse to make cars heavier, rather then better driver training we will make them all into bumper car tanks.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...the government agency is looking to advance the technology that helps avoid accidents altogether." Start with increasing/improving driver training so that you need more than just a pulse to get a drivers license. And stricter punishments against distracted drivers.
      DB
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you're living in Europe you can get a 15-30% insurance premium break if you have Volvo or Ford's City Safety feature. Here is one company that gives a 20% break: http://www.volvocars.com/intl/top/about/news-events/pages/default.aspx?itemid=24 Likely the reason you don't see big insurance breaks in the US is there hasn't been enough equipped vehicles to influence insurance companies actuary tables.I expect that this will change in the next 2-3 years given how many new cars now offer features like FCW and LDW, that didn't offer these features just a year ago.
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