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Study Shows Collision Avoidance Systems Can Decrease Accidents by 40 percent

Staff Writer | May 02, 2014

Nearly 3,400 people die on the world's roads every day. Can technology help prevent this top-10 leading cause of death?

In 2013, Israel‘s Ministry of Finance commissioned Ron Actuarial Intelligence to investigate the effectiveness of collision avoidance systems (CAS), an auto-safety system designed to reduce accidents. The preliminary results are striking: Insurance claim frequency dropped by approximately 44 percent for privately owned vehicles equipped with CAS compared to those without. The study used software from business analytics leader SAS with MIA Computers.

CAS systems use radar and sometimes laser and camera sensors to detect an imminent crash. They then either warn the driver or act autonomously without any driver input by braking, steering or both.

The research examined data from the Ministry of Finance and the Statistical Database of the Vehicle Sector in Israel, which includes insurance claims data since 1985 from all insurance companies in Israel. Ron-AI analyzed the influence of FCW (forward collision warning) and LDW (lane departure warning) on bodily injury insurance claims frequency and costs in Israel. The model eliminated the impact of all other factors on claims frequency in order to derive the net impact of CAS on claims.

"In this preliminary research, we detect dramatic results that can reduce the price of insurance for CAS-equipped vehicles up to 15 percent,” says Ron Shachar, CEO and chief actuary of Ron-AI. “Research shows that these systems can reduce the number of accidents and save lives. SAS was a key tool for our analytics, based on the software’s data mining and analysis capabilities, along with the company's leadership in global technological and professional innovations."

Kobi Bitter, CEO of MIA Computers, added, "The wise use of analytical tools is a powerful strategy in re-inventing the world of business by improving profitability, reducing costs to customers, and as we have seen in this case, safeguarding human life.”


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