Volvo's Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with full auto brake, Image: Volvo

"Smart brakes" reduce accidents

A new Swedish study confirms that automatic braking systems in cars can greatly reduce accidents and injuries.

So-called smart or auto brakes use cameras, lasers, radar, and other systems to monitor traffic around a car. In the event of a potential collision, they first give the driver a warning, then automatically turn on the brakes.

                

The newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the study by the insurance company Folksam indicates that on roads with speed limits of 30-50 kilometers an hour, auto brakes can reduce injuries by 64 percent. In around 40 percent of the incidents, the report says, there was no damage at all, and one accident in four could be completely avoided.

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