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IIHS began rating front crash prevention systems earlier this year after research by its affiliate, the Highway Loss Data Institute, showed that forward collision warning and automatic braking systems are reducing crashes. Vehicles can earn basic, advanced or superior ratings for systems offered as standard or optional equipment. A vehicle with a forward collision warning system that meets performance criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration automatically qualifies for a basic rating. Additional points are awarded for autobrake, based on performance in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. Front crash prevention systems have been spreading quickly through the vehicle fleet. As a result, there are more 2014 Top Safety Pick+ winners than regular Top Safety Pick winners.
|Demonstration of autobrake testing for front crash prevention ratings|
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