Location-based Crash Tests Could Result in Safer Cars

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently upgraded its Vehicle Research Center with a new system that allows for more accurate crash testing that could ultimately lead to safer cars. The new technology will help researchers to determine the effectiveness of active safety systems--such as collision avoidance--by judging braking distances as well as reaction times, among other elements. LocataNet devices developed by Locata Corp. from Canberra, Australia, use technology in league with a GPS system to allow the IIHS to read a vehicle's location during a crash-avoidance test. These devices are roughly the size of a video cassette. This device will enable the IIHS to improve ratings for current crash safeguards in new model cars. "They can look at, say, a Mercedes crash-avoidance system and then compare it more correctly with one by Honda. This clearly could be very useful information when people decide which cars to buy based on safety. And could our technology be used in future systems that may be created? Absolutely. It's all a progression, an evolution," said Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO in a recent interview.
With crash-avoidance technology standard in many cars today, the IIHS has had to evaluate its systems that help drivers react to highway dangers or react for them. The LocataNet technology will help mainly with front and rear accidents, as well as lane departures. Source: Insurance.com