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Car makers using new technologies to reduce rear-end collisions

Getting hit from behind by a careless driver in Marietta can be an unpleasant experience. In addition to damage to the vehicles, head and neck injuries from rear-end collisions are likely to occur and can even be quite serious. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are commonplace. According to Safe Braking, rear-end collisions account for 28 percent of all accidents. Therefore, car manufacturers are looking for ways to decrease the number of these types of crashes.

The main way they are doing so is by implementing new technology such as automatic braking systems. According to the Verge, with automatic emergency braking, the car will sense when a collision is possible and will apply the brakes directly, without any input by the driver.

The other type of system being used is known as forward collision warning. With that, the vehicle warns the driver that a crash is imminent, giving the driver the opportunity to slam on the brakes. While this type of warning may not fully prevent crashes from happening, by allowing the driver to brake and slow the vehicle down, it can soften the impact of a crash, resulting in fewer injuries and less serious vehicle damage.

While this technology is not available right now on every new car model, 10 car manufacturers have stated that automatic braking is a feature they will make standard at some point in the future. Currently, only 40 percent of cars are available with forward collision warning. Automatic braking is also available on those cars as an optional feature.

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