Boost for AEB

12.00 | 22 November 2012 | | 3 comments

New European Commission (EC) regulations that will come into force in 2014 will require new cars to have autonomous emergency braking (AEB), if they are to achieve a five-star safety rating (WIRED).

AEB systems use radar, lidar or video recognition systems to measure the distance between a vehicle and another vehicle or a pedestrian ahead. Taking into account the speed a vehicle is travelling, AEB calculates the estimated trajectory and warns the driver of an impending impact; if no action is taken, the system will employ emergency measures.

The WIRED report says that an EC study found that AEB could reduce collisions in Europe by 27%, which translates to 8,000 deaths prevented and between £3.9 billion and £6.3 billion saved each year.

Some cars already feature the technology, but Euro NCAP says they only amount to 21% of vehicles on sale today in Europe.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “We don’t want to force [car makers] into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle.”

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    Some safety technology requires very little interaction or knowledge on the driver’s part. An example of this is Electronic Stability Control. ESC works without drivers having to undergo any training, the technology does the work and aids vehicle stability.

    AEB is already being fitted to cars. The price is just a few hundred pounds on many models, so in my opinion it is definitely worth considering. It will become standard fit on many more cars from 2014 when vehicles will only achieve a 5 Star safety rating if this technology is fitted.

    James Gibson, Leicestershire
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    It’s a pity we have to resort to clever technology to aid or replace what should be the basic skills of a driver. A lot of drivers aren’t even aware of how their ABS systems operate and these have been around for a long time now, so how people will cope with any of the current crop of driver aids I don’t know. Cars are safe enough as they are – it’s some of the drivers who aren’t.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    Systems such as these can offer a real opportunity to reduce collisions but it’s important that drivers are educated about how they work and how to use them, so they don’t become a tool to allow drivers to tailgate and pay even less attention to what they’re doing.

    Dave, Leeds
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