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Cars rated for automated crash prevention

Friday, October 25, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Computer-driven cars made headlines this week following a study that said 1,000 lives per year could be saved if only 10% of motorists drove them.
   They're pricey rides, though. The cost today of such high-tech cars would exceed $100,000 each, and uncertainty persists over public acceptance and how to determine insurance liability. Read the AP story that ran in the Eugene Register-Guard.
   Today's cars already have moved closer to self-driven capability. On Sept. 27, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued its first ratings of vehicles equipped with crash-avoidance technology. Seven midsize cars earned top marks for crash prevention. Among them were the popular Subaru Legacy and Outback, as well as Mercedes, Cadillacs, and Volvos. Read the IIHS results.

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