For the second consecutive year, the Ram 1500 has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Not only was the Ram 1500 the first pickup to achieve the rating last year, but now is the first pickup to achieve the rating in back-to-back years.
“A Top Safety Pick for the Ram 1500 solidifies our long-standing commitment to our customers through advanced technology and engineering expertise,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram Brand Chief Executive Officer. “This validation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety builds consumer confidence in our trucks and in the Ram brand.”
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking is the latest IIHS requirement needed to earn Top Safety Pick status. Ram’s technology, which achieved an “advanced” rating, builds on the truck’s sensor-fusion Automatic Emergency Braking system.
Sensor-fusion combines camera technology with radar sensors to help determine if a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent. If, after multiple alerts, the driver does not respond to the risk, the system deploys the vehicle’s brakes to help avoid impact or reduce its severity.
To accommodate Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking, the range of the system’s radar technology is expanded to help identify pedestrians. If a collision appears imminent, the system responds in a manner similar to Automatic Emergency Braking to reduce or eliminate the risk of impact, depending on conditions such as speed and proximity.
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking is part of the Ram 1500’s available Advanced Safety Group package. The package includes…
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Lane Keep Assist
- Parallel and Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop
- Pedestrian / Cyclist Emergency Braking
- Surround-View Camera
Automatic Emergency Braking earned the highest possible rating of “superior” in IIHS testing of the vehicle-to-vehicle scenario. It is standard equipment on Laramie, Rebel, Limited Longhorn, and Limited trims. The feature is also available on Tradesman and Big Horn trims with the Level 1 Equipment Group packages.
Central to the truck’s evaluation was its performance in six IIHS crashworthiness tests that included three types of frontal crashes. The remaining tests inflict damage consistent with a side impact, rear impact, and a rollover with the 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab earned the highest possible score in each category.
To read more about the crash results for the Ram 1500, you can visit the IIHS website.