The Hanover Reinforces Its Commitment To Driver Safety
-Increases Its Support of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to
Further Advance Vehicle Crash Avoidance Systems' Research-
WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 29, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Hanover Insurance Group,
Inc., a leading provider of property and casualty insurance nationwide, today
announced a $250,000 grant to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(IIHS) to help improve safety on the nation's roads. An independent,
nonprofit, organization, IIHS is the authority on scientific research and
education dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from
automobile crashes on the nation's roads.
The Hanover's grant will help IIHS to expand its world class Vehicle Research
Center to evaluate crash avoidance systems. Crash avoidance systems are among
the newest technologies which are increasingly being offered in automobiles
today. While these advanced technologies vary in their function and how they
operate, they monitor driver input and the environment around the vehicle. In
addition, crash avoidance systems use the information they gather to warn
drivers when they detect the potential for a collision. They may also brake or
steer the vehicle if the driver does not take action to avoid a crash.
"As a leading auto insurer, driver safety is a critical concern for The
Hanover. The work the IIHS has done has saved lives and we believe strongly
in their mission" said Mark Desrochers, president, personal lines. "We are
thrilled to deepen our support of the IIHS. As that organization expands its
important research, we hope that our grant will help to make our nation's
roads a safer place."
The Hanover's grant will help IIHS to add needed structural elements to the
organization's testing facilities to help conduct additional crash avoidance
research. These may include an expanded test track, vehicles and test dummies,
and dummy carrier systems that are self-propelled and robotically controlled.
"The landscape of in-vehicle technologies is rapidly changing as new features
continue to be introduced," said Adrian Lund, president of the IIHS. "Support
from The Hanover and other insurance company partners is critical in helping
us to advance our research in this emerging area. This increased support
demonstrates, once again, that insurers really care and are leading the charge
in passenger and vehicle safety."
About the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit
scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses —
deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation's roads. The
Institute is wholly supported by auto insurers. For more information, please
About The Hanover
Founded in 1852, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) is proud to be
celebrating 160 years of delivering on its promises to its agent partners and
their customers. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty
products and services to businesses, individuals, and families through a
select group of agents and brokers, and is ranked among the top 25 property
and casualty companies in the United States.
Based in Worcester, Mass., The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding
company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company,
also based in Worcester, Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered
in Howell, Michigan, Chaucer Holdings PLC, based in London, and their
affiliates. Through Chaucer, the company underwrites business at Lloyd's of
London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes, including property,
marine and aviation, energy, U.K. motor and casualty. For more information,
please visit www.hanover.com.
SOURCE The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.
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