Safety features like rearview cameras, rear parking sensors, and rear automatic emergency braking systems can help motorists avoid common, yet costly fender benders that can occur in places like parking lots. When a vehicle is equipped with all three of these safety systems, they are significantly less likely to be involved in an accident than if the car had only one of these features. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), vehicles equipped with a package of rear-collision avoidance features that includes all three systems were 78 percent less likely to be involved in a rear-end collision accident.
Currently, this technology only comes standard in a small percentage of vehicles, so consumers must purchase it separately. Rear automatic emergency braking is optional on only five percent of new cars and comes standard on less than one percent of new cars. Rear cross-traffic warning (RCTW) is optional on over 40 percent of new cars and standard in 11 percent.
The IIHS is confident that the technology will eventually be standard in all new vehicles as its effectiveness is established. In fact, it is mandatory for all cars built in May 2018 or later to be equipped with rearview cameras. Not only can this prevent tragic wrecks involving children being hit by a vehicle backing out of a driveway, but it can help avoid expensive car repairs. For example, to repair a 2017 Cadillac XT5 bumper after backing into a pole at four mph, the estimated repair costs total nearly $3,500.
Repair Costs Versus Option Packages
While the cost of repairs can be expensive, it may still be less than what manufacturers are currently charging for option packages that include rear-collision avoidance technology. Manufacturers generally do not give consumers the option of purchasing specific technologies a la carte. That means that in order to purchase a vehicle that is equipped with the technology they want, they must either purchase a higher end vehicle, or pay a premium for the options package if they choose to purchase a less expensive vehicle. Either way, it is likely that the manufacturer’s option packages are going to be more expensive that the repair costs.
Costs aside, a Consumer Reports survey found that approximately 83 percent of respondents were very satisfied with rear cross-traffic warning systems, and 80 percent were very satisfied with their rearview cameras. One responder said that the rearview camera helped her to see things she would not be able to otherwise see. According to the Director of Operations at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, this is particularly important because of how some of today’s vehicles are styled, making it difficult to see clearly out of the rear window.
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