Are ADAS and Vehicle Autonomy Changing Crash Characteristics? Susanna Gotsch, Director and Industry Analyst at CCC Information Services analyzes the ever-changing indicators of ADAS and autonomous vehicles collisions compared to traditional vehicles.
Susanna Gotsch, Director and Industry Analyst at CCC Information Services analyzes the booming used vehicle market that is causing higher total loss costs.
This month, Susanna will assess the impact of Hurricane Florence as the Atlantic hurricane season may turn out to be an above-average year.
This month we’ll provide a brief update on shared transportation – specifically ride-hailing services.
U.S. auto sales for the first six months of 2018 were stronger than many analysts originally anticipated, but were driven in large part by growth in fleet sales while retail sales were essentially flat.
Repair cycle time and length of rental have seen steady increases over the last several years. Within the industry the primary explanation used to explain these increases is growth in vehicle and repair complexity; which preliminary comparison of vehicle repair cost to cycle time would seem to bear out.
Vehicles per household in the U.S. have returned to pre-recession levels, and numerous other factors such as strong employment, more miles driven, population growth, etc. continue to drive up
the number of vehicles involved in accidents annually in the U.S. Estimates from the National Safety Council and CCC suggest that we are nearing about 24 million vehicles involved in motor vehicle
accidents annually, after dipping as low as 17.3 million in 2008.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 37,000 lives were lost in the U.S. in 2016 from motor vehicle fatalities, an increase of 5.6 percent from the prior year. The largest increases occurred among pedestrians and cyclists (see Figure 1). Pedestrian fatalities grew from 11 percent of all traffic deaths in 2006 and 2007 to 15 percent in 2014 and 2015. Unfortunately, added safety features - such as improved headrests, airbags and other vehicle components designed to improve crashworthiness - won’t help someone who is hit outside the vehicle.
Over the last several decades, automakers and safety groups changed vehicle design to improve the overall crashworthiness of vehicles. These updated vehicles do a better job of protecting vehicle occupants from injury and fatality, and have lower repair costs from redesign of vehicle components such as bumpers. More recently, technology designed to avoid a crash altogether has been a key focus of automakers and safety groups.
It has been suggested that the world today is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as technologies such as mobile digitalization, artificial intelligence, automation, the internet of things, machine learning, voice recognition and others have begun to merge the physical and digital worlds.
As we head into 2018, automotive and technology companies continue their race towards vehicle autonomy. Daily headlines provide accelerated timelines when autonomous vehicles will be available in large numbers, communicating with one another via vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.