In order to avoid rear end collisions, drivers have to be alert at all times. But that's exactly the opposite of what happens every day, if the NRMA's statistics are accurate.
Apparently in New South Wales, there are as many as 50,000 rear-enders each year, some worse than others. To prevent this happening, Volvo's new XC60 is equipped with a small laser beam at the top of the windscreen which detects the distance to a car in front. If the system feels that a driver is getting too close, it will apply the brakes.
The NRMA has applauded Volvo's decision to offer the system, and as such feels that cars so equipped will save their drivers when it's time to pay their premiums.
“According to our claims data, rear enders cost NSW drivers and insurers almost $200 million a year and this figure doesn’t take into account the emotional and physical distress of the collisions,” NRMA Insurance Head of Research Robert McDonald said. “We believe this technology is a practical step forward in tackling the problem of rear enders."
“Other collision mitigation systems currently available are usually part of the cruise control system and do not operate at common collision speeds. The technology from Volvo however is always operational and works for speeds up to 30km/h – the range at which the majority of collisions occur.”“We are very confident that the technology will reduce the likelihood of the XC60 being involved in a collision. This is set to be reflected in our pricing, and we would estimate that the cost of an insurance premium for this vehicle will up to 20 per cent cheaper than it would be if it didn’t have the technology,” added Mr McDonald.
Lets hope the autoclubs in other states follow suit.
Expect a first steer report on the new XC60 in the coming days.