Autonomous emergency braking technology (AEB) may be a relatively new development in vehicle safety, but a new report suggests that these systems can reduce the likelihood of a rear-end collision by as much as 38 percent.

A new report published by crash safety body Euro NCAP and it’s Australian equivalent ANCAP, shows that the technology is a real step forward in road safety, and drastically lowers the potential for costly accidents.

AEB systems largely work via sensors that scan the road ahead for potential obstacles. Should it detect an impending collision, it automatically applies the brakes, reducing the severity of an impact or avoiding one altogether, so long as the driver is travelling slowly enough. It is estimated that 75 per cent of all accidents occur at lower speeds – exactly where AEB systems are at their most effective.

The research also revealed that the technology is equally capable of avoiding a collision in both urban and rural driving scenarios.

The importance of autonomous safety technology is increasing, with Euro NCAP changing its testing criteria so only cars fitted with AEB devices are awarded a full five-stars.

The tests are set to become even more stringent in the future, as the technology develops to better detect pedestrians and cyclists, as well as other cars.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “These findings strongly support our decision to make AEB technology a key discriminator in the safety rating of new vehicles.

“We will continue to monitor the effectiveness in reducing real world crashes of the advanced systems that are promoted in order to validate and improve the overall star rating.”

AEB is currently offered as an optional extra by a number of manufacturers, with systems typically adding around £200 to the list price of a new car. However, buyers may end up making that back through reduced insurance premiums, as insurance companies recognise that the tech makes an important difference to vehicle safety.

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Daljinder Nagra


May 20, 2015

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