• May 29th, 2014

A combined forward collision and lane departure warning system available on the Honda Accord is reducing insurance claims, a new HLDI analysis shows. The results are even better than expected based on previous studies of such technology on luxury vehicles.

In the first real-world study of a crash avoidance system on a high-volume, nonluxury vehicle, Honda’s system was found to reduce insurance claims for damage to other vehicles by 14 percent. It cut claims for injuries to occupants of the equipped vehicles by 27 percent and claims for injuries to other road users by 40 percent.

“This was our first opportunity to study advanced crash avoidance technology on a high-volume vehicle, and the results are impressive,” says HLDI Vice President Matt Moore. “This is a warning system only, but the claim frequency reductions are similar to what we saw earlier for systems with automatic braking.”