Every new vehicle sold in the US has to meet specific safety standards. Whereas seat belts, crumple zones and airbags meets the demanded requirements, and will make sure that you and your loved ones are safe in case of a crash, available technologies are constantly working to help vehicles become even safer. In-car systems vary among manufacturers; some make use of radars whereas others use cameras. The ultimate purpose is to avoid or at least lessen impacts without any demand for driver input. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), has completed its tests for safest cars released this year. Here are 5 cars and crossovers that claim to be the safest in 2016.
The entry-level sedan from Audi released this year is a mid-size luxury car that scored a Top Safety Pick+. The score received was “Advanced” with 3 points providing that the car is equipped with a pre-sense front system to be able to avoid impact at nearly 12 mph. The A3 makes use of camera systems and radars to detect potential collisions when driving. This way the system will be able to increase the braking system up to full capacity. Additionally, the A3’s seat belts are automatically tightened in case an accident can’t be avoided. The vehicle provides secondary collision braking assistance which applies automatically to the brakes following a collision in order to avoid additional impacts.
BMW 2 Series
The recently released BMW 2 Series managed to get on the IIHS list too. One of the vehicle’s best safety features is the Active Driving Assistance. It uses information taken from the radar-based and camera-based systems, and it includes the following features: Lane Departure Warning, City Collision Mitigation, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Protection. The BMW 2 Series highlights a combination of driver alerts, as well as automatic and mechanical braking systems to reduce the gravity of a collision when another car or pedestrian is involved. BMW’s Active Driving Assistance is included into the Driver Assistant Plus pack and it costs $700.
Chrysler offered in 2015 a completely redesigned 200 model. The super stylish sedan has scored a well-deserved a spot on the IIHS TSP+ list. Equipped with a great variety of useful features, Chrysler 200 was offers all kinds of safety alerts. It is able to impede collisions when driving, as well as lessen the gravity of an impact and secure the safety of the driver in case of an unavoidable accident. The 200 makes use of cameras and radar, as well as a system called Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus meant to provide autonomous braking. It can even slow down and bring the car to a full spot in case of an imminent frontal collision.
Honda Accord is a best-selling passenger vehicle for 2015. It packs a wealth of pioneering safety features, including the aptitude to steer clear of collisions with Honda Sensing. The system’s major features are the front grilled mounted wave radar and windshield-mounted monocular camera. This all work together to anticipate and even detect multiple collision settings. In case the car’s system detects a potential impact, the driver is warned in advanced; worst case scenario, it applied emergency braking automatically thus lessening and even avoiding a crash. Honda Sensing is a standalone feature that can be added to your Honda Accord for an average price of $1,800.
Porsche Cayenne is the only vehicle on this list that was not tested by any US agency. And yet, it packs several groundbreaking features and systems that make it pretty safe in case of an impact. Standard features include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and additional active safety options such as Porsche Active Safe, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assistance and dynamic lighting. The Turbo variant has full LED headlights. There’s also an optional surround-view camera system with 4 cameras on each side of the car; these are meant to provide a 360 degree view when maneuvering the vehicle in tight spaces.
There are numerous other cars that earned the title for one of the safest of the year. Some have been tested by experienced organizations in the branch, and others haven’t. Nevertheless, it’s pretty comforting to know that we have options; that we can choose a model that looks good and feels good when driving.
By Christopher Austin and Design911.co.uk!