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4IIHS Releases New Rankings From Crash-Avoidance Tests

The nonprofit organization tested 24 luxury SUVs and sedans

The era of the self-driving car inched closer to reality this week when Google unveiled its autonomous prototype, but the truth is, in more subtle ways, drivers have already ceded some control to automated systems. Many vehicles are already equipped with new technology that offers drivers active assistance behind the wheel.

20IIHS releases new rankings from crash-avoidance tests [w/video]

Out of 24 vehicles tested, eight earned the highest rating of "Superior."

49IIHS introduces new test for avoiding crashes, not surviving them [w/videos]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is once again looking to improve how it rates new cars in order to make it easier for shoppers to buy the safest cars on the market. In addition to recent test additions like the roof crush and small overlap frontal crash, the IIHS will now be adding collision avoidance technologies to its criteria for attaining a Top Safety Pick+ rating.

AddAutoblog Podcast #309

Lots of Audi diesels on the way, GM says 500,000 electric cars per year soon, Ford fiesta EcoBoost 1.0, NTSB wants more safety tech

AddSubmit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #309 LIVE!

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28Ford, GM win Breakthrough Product awards from Popular Mechanics

Tucked between an avalanche airbag and a 3D desktop printer, a Ford engine and General Motors' crash avoidance system were named two of Popular Mechanics top 10 breakthrough technology award winners for 2012.

2Autoblog Podcast #290

Small pickup rumor for Chrysler, IIHS crash avoidance technology report, Jeep Wrangler death wobble

12IIHS study says most crash avoidance tech actually working [w/video]

Are collision avoidance systems, automatic braking and adaptive headlights worth their extra cost? A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute says yes.

2Mercedes developing video-based safety features

Mercedes-Benz has a long history of making cars safer, and the brand continues to spearhead a push to increase everyone's chances of survival. Mercedes currently has the Pre-Safe system that acts like an adrenal gland for the car, tightening up the muscles before an impact. Future plans for safety systems aim to make the cars even more attentive to things such as road signs, pedestrians, and impending doom. The second generation of PreSafe is undergoing tests, and there's a lot more accident pre

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