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Technology is Making Cars Safer, but Safety Tests are Not Keeping Up

November 06, 2019

USA - Technology used in modern vehicles is continuously improving and changing the way we drive. However, as technology advances, the federal tests to determine whether a car is safe have failed to keep up, according to 

The federal tests, which are carried out by the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), have not incorporated the newer safety features, such as automatic braking systems, into their cars. David Zuby, the chief research officer of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said a car manufacturer can “design the vehicle to pass the test and not necessarily perform well in real-world situations.”

Manufacturers that want their cars to receive five-star safety ratings can design the vehicles to pass the test without those features necessarily translating into a safe car.  Additional tests performed by the IIHS are designed to push the safety standards further.

Safety advocates are pushing for the federal tests to include modernized crash testing, safety scores for preventing cyclist and pedestrian accidents, and better, more realistic crash test dummies. The federal tests will likely reach the public comment phase by some time next year. Before any new tests are finalized, the IIHS tests will continue to be a more comprehensive assessment of vehicle safety in the meantime.

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