New crash technology could keep pedestrians safer

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(NBC) – Pedestrians struck on the nation’s roadways is one of the most horrific of traffic accidents, and although the numbers dipped last year, pedestrian fatalities remain at an all-time high.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) latest results on vehicles with automatic braking offers hope for the reversal of that trend.

David Aylor, IIHS Manager of Active Safety Testing says, “These systems are always attentive. They are always looking for obstacles ahead including other vehicles or pedestrians.”

Aylor says nine of 11 small SUVs they tested earned an advanced or superior rating for pedestrian crash prevention.

According to Aylor, “It will warn the driver and then apply the brakes to mitigate or avoid the crash with the pedestrian.”

Getting the highest rating of superior because of their pedestrian detection systems are the new or late model Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota Rav4 and Volvo XC40 while the most recent Chevy Equinox, Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue earned an advanced rating.

Says Aylor, “We would like to see this technology on more vehicles and we would like to see it as standard equipment.”

The Institute’s already testing pedestrian detection systems in other type vehicles.

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