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IIHS plans to set new guidelines for vehicles with partial automation

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that it is developing a new rating program that measures safeguards in cars with partial automation to promote drivers to stay more focused on the road and other road safety precautions. 

According to the tech and analytics from CCC, auto claims increased by almost 25% nationwide in December 2021, compared to the same period last year. Claims frequency grew steadily throughout the last year, with the combination of more cars on the road and increasingly dangerous driving behavior contributing to the hike. 

With the apparent need for driver monitoring and attention reminders, this new rating program would make sure that partially-automated cars with features like adaptive cruise control and lane-centering provide drivers with alerts, appropriate emergency procedures and guidance to prevent reckless driving behavior. 

Vehicles will receive a rating of either “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal” or “poor” to monitor and correct driving behavior such as drivers keeping their hands on the steering wheel, looking at the road and automated lane changes being initiated by the driver. The system must provide alerts to the driver, and if the driver fails to respond, the vehicle should slow to a crawl or stop. 

With this new rating program, the institute aims to set a standard for safety, change the way automakers and customers talk about partial automation, encourage manufacturers to take more responsibility for driving safely and guide drivers to do the same. IIHS expects to issue the first set of ratings sometime in 2022. 

Read the official press release here

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