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AEB Braking Technology: How It Could Help Save Lives

posted on May 22 2014 by Kiri Nowak

AEB Braking Technology: How It Could Help Save Lives

An astonishing amount of accidents are caused by people failing to break and not leaving enough space. Drivers can often brake too late when they are distracted, have poor visibility or other drivers break seemingly out of the blue. According to Euro NCAP ‘research indicates that 90% of road accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted or inattentive.’

 Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) uses radar, laser and camera sensors to detect potential collisions. These sensors can figure out if a car in front is slowing down rapidly or braking particularly sharply. The car then applies the brakes independently of the driver if there is potential for a crash.

Some campaigners hope that AEB will become a standard safety feature in cars, similar to seatbelts. ‘Real world performance data suggests that such crash avoidance systems can reduce accidents by up to 27% and can lead to a significant reduction in injuries.’ according to Euro NCAP.

The Association of British Insurers has said that AEB will be considered in insurance group rating, and cars with AEB may be able to benefit from a reduced insurance group rating. Moreover, Euro NCAP have said that from 2014 only cars fitted with an ARB system will stand a chance of getting a five star safety rating. These changes are increasing the likelihood of AEB systems eventually becoming mandatory as people are recognising that it could save lives.

A few manufacturers have jumped on the AEB bandwagon and are starting to ensure their cars are fitted with the technology. Car brands such as Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Skoda, Audi, Volkswagen, Volvo and Ford all have cars with some form of AEB.

Key features of AEB:

·         Identify critical situations and help to avoid accidents in the first place by warning the driver.

·         When a crash cannot be avoided they reduce the severity of the crash by lowering the speed of collision.

·         Some systems will even apply other safety measures if a crash is imminent such as shutting windows, tightens the seat belts and put the hazards on.

For more information see the Euro NCAP website which contains full details.