I’m in the market for a new car, and I’m doing my research. Are lane departure warning systems effective?

The jury’s still out on that one. A recent study by the Highway Loss Data Institute, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reported that lane departure warning systems did not seem to reduce the number of accident claims. In fact, some cars that were equipped with these systems seemed to have a higher rate of property damage claims.

Donna Boland, a spokesperson for Mercedes Benz’s U.S. unit, believes that the findings for lane departure warning systems may not be a true representation of fact because of the small sample size. “We do believe there are safety benefits to the lane departure warning system,” Boland said. Mercedes and other vehicle manufacturers are working on lane-keeping systems that will automatically turn the steering wheel to move a car back into the lane if it strays.

The study showed that cars equipped with forward collision warning systems and adaptive headlights have lower rates of accident claims. Evidence such as this could encourage auto manufacturers to offer these systems in more than just their high-end luxury vehicles, thereby gaining a competitive advantage and anticipating future regulatory mandates.

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