Technologies designed to prevent auto collisions are not only becoming an option in more vehicles, but the systems are earning high marks.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested collision-avoidance systems on 19 new models, giving its highest rating of "superior" to 14 of them. The other five models were rated "advanced," the second-highest designation.
"We've seen an uptick in the number of luxury and mainstream models with available autobrake," said Dave Zuby, chief research officer for IIHS. "That's a welcome sign for highway safety and helps pave the way for the eventual deployment of fully autonomous vehicles."
However, IIHS said seven mass-market models, including the Mazda 6 and Chrysler 300, also offer technology designed to prevent front-end collisions.