10 times more cars designed to brake for their driver

Posted: 14 June 2018 10:49 am

More and more car manufacturers are including autonomous emergency braking as standard on their vehicles.

According to data released by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), ten times the number of cars today have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) than two years ago.

What is AEB?

AEB is an assistive system that uses a series of sensors to detect oncoming obstacles and hazards, braking automatically if the driver doesn’t respond. By definition, the system works independently of the driver in critical situations and applies the brakes to avoid collisions.

This technology's effectiveness in reducing accidents and the severity of injuries has been proven worldwide.

How ANCAP tracked AEB uptake

ANCAP analysed the sales numbers for the top 100 selling light vehicles, according to VFACTS. The line-up includes passengers cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles. Outside of the top 100, there were 269 vehicles altogether amounting to just 11% of the market share.

In doing so, they were able to calculate AEB's availability in the bestselling models.

States and territories with fewer AEB cars

When the figures are broken down to regional levels, it’s possible to see which states and territories have the most AEB-equipped vehicles. The ACT and Victoria both claimed a high number of AEB standard fitment models, at 34% of new vehicle sales. New South Wales car buyers also chose models with the braking assist 33% of the time.

Tasmania lagged behind the rest of the country with only 24% of new vehicle sales having autonomous braking and Western Australia posted a lacklustre take-up of 27%.

WA’s acting Road safety Commissioner, Iain Cameron, said there was a need for improvement in his state.

"These figures are positive, though if we look at Western Australia, there is room for improvement."

Cameron encouraged WA drivers looking to buy a car to AEB-enabled models, which in the long term could drive down road trauma.

ANCAP says more needs to be done

Though the figures are encouraging, there’s still a long way to go according to ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin.

"To see one-third of all popular-selling models now offer this driver assistance technology as standard, we’ve moved some way closer to achieving a reduction in crash incidence and severity – but there is still a long way to go."

To encourage more manufacturers to fit AEB across the entire range of their vehicles, ANCAP has made amendments to its testing procedures.

"This year we have adopted significant changes to our rating system to encourage the standard offering of AEB across the market, and we’re confident this will see a further acceleration in AEB availability," Goodwin stated.

Learn more about new car technologies

If you’re looking for a new car, we have the perfect guide for you, helping you understand modern car technologies. Vehicles sold today have a arsenal of safety assists that could prevent you from having an accident. We also help you compare new car loans.

AEB could reduce your car insurance

AEB, also called Forward Collision Warning (FCW), could help you save money on your car insurance. Some insurers offer discounts of up to 15% for AEB-equipped cars. AEB systems have proven highly effective for spotting pedestrians, but need more work to reliably detect fast-moving cyclists. AEB technology, in combination with other smart-driving assists will form the foundation of self-driving automobiles.
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