With 95% of road traffic collisions attributed to human error, the London Road Safety Council (LRSC) has welcomed the advancement of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which it believes could overcome “that moment of inattention”.
AEB systems use radar, lidar, or video recognition 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 deploy emergency measures.
Last year Road Safety GB reported on new European Commission (EC) regulations, due to come into force in 2014, which will require new cars to have AEB if they are to achieve a five-star safety rating.
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.
James Parker, spokesman for the LRSC, said: “AEB systems are particularly effective in preventing lower speed crashes and collisions with pedestrians.
“This exciting development in vehicle design will help improve safety and is to be welcomed, although there is no suggestion that this should allow drivers to drop their vigilance.”
For more information contact the LRSC.