TROY, Michigan — Advanced driver assistance systems, including automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control, have the potential to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars, if widely adopted, according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group.
The systems, which also include forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, night vision, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, surround view and park assist, could "generate tremendous benefits to society," the study said.
The technologies could prevent about 9,900 fatalities and save about $251 billion each year, the study found.
"Despite these potential safety benefits and cost savings, relatively few vehicles on the road today have these features, and their market penetration is growing at only 2-5 percent annually," the study said.
However, car shoppers are able to find these advanced safety systems on more mainstream vehicles.
The 2015-?16 Honda CR-V, one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, can be equipped with forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control. The top-of-the-line 2016 Honda Pilot Elite SUV has a standard blind-spot indicator.
The 2016 Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan has a long list of advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control, crash imminent braking, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and rear park assist.
The 2016 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan adds automatic emergency braking functionality on models previously equipped with forward-collision warning.
Policy makers can take steps to encourage car shoppers to embrace new safety technologies, the study's authors said.
They include "implementing federal tax incentives and insurance premium discounts to help steer drivers toward choosing safety technologies."
Edmunds says: The benefits of these safety technologies are becoming clear. Your local dealer can help explain and demonstrate advanced systems.