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2017-08-23 08:40

Automated systems and driver aides like BMW's Night Vision helps prevent car crashes. Image: Wheels24 / Janine Van der Post

Washington - Researchers say safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes.

Lower crash rates

Two studies released on Wednesday (August 23) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that vehicles with lane-keeping and blind spot monitoring systems had lower crash rates than the same vehicles without the systems. Some lane-keeping systems even nudge vehicles back into their lanes for drivers.

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Lane-keeping systems lowered rates of single-vehicle, sideswipe and head-on crashes in which there were injuries by 21%.

But the institute's research also raises concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying on automated systems or become distracted by dashboard displays that monitor how the systems are performing.

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