Pedestrian-Recognition: The Next Step to Safe Driving

October 14th, 2011
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According to Online Auto Insurance News researchers from Toyota and Purdue University are scheduled to begin studying new ways to improve pedestrian safety.

Typically, your insurance company pays for pedestrian related damages through the insured motorist’s bodily injury liability coverage or the pedestrian’s personal injury protection. Studying new ways to make it safer to travel by foot can also benefit motorists by reducing the rate of crash claims.

Given that the research does provide a system that can successfully help drivers avoid pedestrian related accidents can potentially cut the size of the average auto insurance quote.

In 2009 federal safety officials stated that 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 injured in vehicle crashes nationwide. That was down 7 percent from the previous year and 14 percent from 2000.

The study will be conducted using original vehicle testing and crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in anticipation of developing a more realistic situation for testing pedestrian pre-collision systems.

Toyota engineers will be working with researchers at universities and research institutions across the U.S. on a range of study projects over a five-year period. A $50 million effort from Toyota Motor Company will afford the necessary research to help break new ground in automobile safety.

Reported earlier this year from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) stated that tens of thousands of accidents a year could be prevented by the development and implementing of a pedestrian-recognition technology. According to the IIHS, Volvo and other automakers have already been in the works of making technological advances in the pedestrian-recognition area.

Unfortunately, there is one complication identified by IIHS is acclimating the system to be as affective during the nighttime driving circumstances. NHSTA suggests that less than one-third of pedestrian car accident fatalities happen during the day, which is when the recognition system is most effective.

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