"New cars loaded with high-tech crash-prevention gear are having a perverse effect on car-insurance costs: They are soaring."
features such as autonomous braking and systems to prevent drivers from
drifting out of their lanes are increasingly available on vehicles
rolling off assembly lines. Auto companies and third-party researchers
say these features help prevent crashes and are building blocks to
self-driving cars. But progress comes with a price."
safety tech are cameras, sensors, microprocessors and other hardware
whose repair costs can be more than five times that of conventional
parts. And the equipment is often located in bumpers, fenders and
external mirrors—the very spots that tend to get hit in a crash."