Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Business

Subarus, Cadillacs, Volvos are tops in new crash-avoidance test

Subaru, Cadillac, Mercedes and Volvo vehicles earned top marks in a first-of-its-kind crash test of models equipped with systems to help drivers avoid rear-end crashes.

The tests, conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rated "active safety systems," which warn drivers of an impending impact and, in some models, automatically hit the brakes. The systems rely on radar, cameras and lasers that measure distances from other vehicles or fixed objects.

To judge automated braking systems, the insurance group put each model through a series of five test runs at speeds of 12 and 25 mph on the track at the Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Va.

An engineer drove the vehicle toward a metal-framed target designed to simulate the back of a car. Sensors in the test vehicle monitored its lane position, speed, time to collision, braking and other data.

But the tests demonstrated that most manufacturers still have work to do in perfecting the systems.

The insurance trade group, for instance, found only minimal braking at 12 and 25 miles per hour in tests of the Infiniti JX SUV. The Toyota Prius V wagon scored so poorly that it didn't qualify for the institute's front crash prevention rating.

But Subaru's EyeSight collision-avoidance system prevented the automaker's Legacy and Outback models from hitting a target vehicle in both the 12 mph and the 25 mph tests, the insurance research group said.

Cadillac's Automatic Collision Preparation helped the General Motors brand's ATS and SRX avoid hitting the target in the 12 mph test. In the 25 mph test, the systems reduced the ATS' speed by 15 mph and the SRX's speed by 19 mph. Both the Subarus and the Cadillacs received "superior" test ratings.

"Front crash prevention systems can add $1,000 or more to the cost of a new car. Our new ratings let consumers know which systems offer the most promise for the extra expense," said David Zuby, the institute's chief research officer.

So far, the institute has tested 74 midsized cars and sport utility vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. In addition to the seven that got superior ratings, eight earned "advanced" ratings. The systems on those vehicles reduced the speed at which crashes occurred but did not prevent collisions.

An additional 31 models earned "basic" ratings. They are equipped with a system that alerts the driver to the risk of a crash but don't automatically trigger the brakes.

Comments
Target: New Tampa, Clearwater stores part of company-wide makeovers

Target: New Tampa, Clearwater stores part of company-wide makeovers

Target is renovating more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2020, including two SuperTarget locations in New Tampa and Clearwater.The Clearwater store’s makeover — which the corporation calls ‘‘reimagining" — just wrapped up, according to Target spoke...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Downtown St. Pete Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s to open Wednesday

Downtown St. Pete Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s to open Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG — Ford’s Garage, a car junkie’s haven, has proven to be popular eatery across the state.Now it has a chance to drive customers to its seats in St. Petersburg. The restaurant opens its ninth location downtown Wednesday at 200 First Ave....
Updated: 22 minutes ago

The hostile work environment checklist: How toxic is yours?

Workplace stress is hardly a new phenomenon. Everyone has a bad day (or even month) at work now and then. Your client presentation didn’t go as well as planned; your boss didn’t fall head over heels for your proposal; you had to stay late to finish a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Career Q&A:

Career Q&A:

Q: Despite having a stellar employment record, I am concerned about two incidents mentioned during my recent performance review. Both involved accusations which were completely unfair.Several months ago, our human resources manager told me that I was...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Many Americans still cannot afford a $400 set back

Many Americans still cannot afford a $400 set back

Could you pay an unexpected $400 expense?More than four in 10 Americans said they couldn’t without borrowing money or selling something, according to the Federal Reserves Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households released Tuesday.That’s ac...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

TAMPA — Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners paid $18.2 million less than three weeks ago for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company with a new idea for coffee, and already it has some big news.Tierra Nueva has inked a de...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
Updated: 4 hours ago
It’s picking time at Brooksville blackberry farm, one of a handful in the region

It’s picking time at Brooksville blackberry farm, one of a handful in the region

BROOKSVILLE — Black follows blue in the berry patches of Hernando County, but blackberry proponents claim they’re worth waiting for.Today’s blackberry brambles are thornless and don’t require bending over to pick. Their fruits are mouth-full juicier,...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Amazon is selling facial recognition to Orlando law enforcement - for a fistful of dollars

Amazon is selling facial recognition to Orlando law enforcement - for a fistful of dollars

Amazon has been providing facial recognition tools to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando for only a few dollars a month, according to documents obtained by American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, paving the way for a rollou...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Report: Downtown Tampa has least amount of vacant land of top 25 metros

Report: Downtown Tampa has least amount of vacant land of top 25 metros

Tampa is facing major landscape changes as projects like Water Street Tampa gear up. But despite the ongoing and upcoming major development, a new CommercialCafé study says, downtown Tampa has a big challenge with the least amount of vacant land of a...
Updated: 4 hours ago