Hi-tech crash avoidance systems mean lower insurance bills, the makers claim
most common vehicle accident repair jobs and that 75 per cent of these occur at speeds less than 25km/h. NRMA’s research director Robert McDonald says there are 50,000 rear-end accidents in NSW alone each year with an estimated damage bill and insurance cost of $200 million.
That equates to about 200,000 accidents a year around Australia, costing about $800 million.
‘‘ We are very confident that the technology will reduce the likelihood of the XC60 being involved in a collision,’’ McDonald says.
‘‘ This is set to be reflected in our pricing, and we would estimate that the cost of an insurance premium for this vehicle will up to 20 per cent cheaper than it would be if it didn’t have the technology.’’
Volvo Australia spokesman Oliver Peagam says Insurance Australia Group— including NRMA, SGIO and CGU— and Allianz support City Safety with a 20 per cent reduction on insurance premiums.
Eyesight uses a pair of cameras mounted at the top of the Subaru’s windscreen. It monitors the distance to objects ahead and will stop the car without driver intervention if contact is imminent. Eyesight’s forward vision also warns when the car is straying from the lanes or to the road shoulder and monitors driver fatigue.
Subaru spokesman David Rowley says Eyesight will soon flow to less expensive models.
Volvo’s City Safety, available since 2009, uses laser scanners. It is available on the S60, V60, V70 , S80, XC60 and XC70 models and in the new V40 hatch due here early in 2013.
The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is fitted with a system that senses an imminent collision and prepares brakes. Unlike the Subaru and Volvo set-ups, it will not bring the car to a standstill unless optioned with the Distronic function.