An additional 27,000 new cars with standard fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) will arrive on UK roads this September, according to Thatcham Research.
This increase will take the total to over 600,000, equating to 1.7% of all cars on UK roads.
Thatcham is a strong advocator of AEB, having recently written to the government to present its belief that buyers should be offered financial incentives to purchase a car fitted with the system.
In its submission to the government, Thatcham identified the potential for significant benefits ranging from the saving of lives to reductions in CO2 emissions.
Data from the Euro new car assessment programme (NCAP), the independent car safety body for Europe, revealed that low speed AEB technology leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes.
Andrew Miller, president of Euro NCAP and chief technical officer of Thatcham Research, said: “Low speed AEB technology needs widespread fitment for maximum benefits.
“AEB is the first of the new automated crash avoidance technologies and is becoming increasingly common on modern passenger cars. The low speed option normally consists of an automatic brake function that operates effectively at speeds up to 50km/h.”
He also stated that with AEB technology now a key discriminator in the safety rating of new vehicles, it will see further increases as more manufacturers embrace the technology.
Andrew Miller added: “AEB is a hugely important active safety technology. In the last six months alone we’ve seen an additional 46,000 Mercedes and 28,000 Volkswagens on our roads with standard fit AEB.
“The biggest game-changer though will come when some of the UK’s best-sellers like Ford and Vauxhall begin to fit the system across their whole range.
“Crash-prevention technology is no longer a premium-brand luxury and has the potential to bring significant safety benefits to fleets large and small.”