Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is “so important to the future of road safety” that the government should fund a financial incentive to increase the number of cars with it, according to Thatcham Research.
Thatcham Research, the UK insurance motor safety and security research centre, says that with AEB the “notoriously high first-year crash rates of young drivers could become a distant memory”.
Peter Shaw, chief executive of Thatcham Research, said: “One in four drivers will have a crash within six months of gaining their licence.
“Even if nobody is injured and no other car damaged, it’s a blow to the driver’s confidence and hits their insurance premium hard the next year, adding around £600 to the typical premium of £2,000 for a 17-year-old.
“If the driver avoids a crash in the first year, the premium comes down rapidly in the second and subsequent years.”
Peter Shaw continued: “AEB is being hailed as ‘the new seatbelt’ for its potential to reduce injuries. But AEB cuts low speed crashes by 20% and is most effective at these low speeds where more than 75% of crashes occur.
“It is so important to the future of road safety, we believe the government should fund a financial incentive to increase the number of cars with AEB.”