Up to 40 per cent of vehicle crashes could be prevented if all cars were fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), saving lives, injuries and reducing insurance premiums. This is why RACV is calling on all vehicle manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking technology as standard equipment in all new vehicles.
With heavy congestion a common occurrence in Melbourne, and distraction an increasing issue in road safety, it is all too easy for drivers to collide with the car in front of them. Just two seconds of distraction at 50 km/h can add over 27 metres in distanced travelled.
A 2014 RACV report revealed that, depending on type of system fitted, 20-40 per cent of crashes, including fatal crashes may be prevented with AEB. Even if crashes are not completely prevented, the reductions in speed may be sufficient to prevent death and serious injury.
RACV’s Manager of Vehicle Engineering, Michael Case, said AEB uses radar, laser or camera sensors to detect potential crashes and apply the brakes to prevent, or reduce the severity of, a crash.
“We urge vehicle manufacturers to include the technology as standard on all models as AEB is very effective in situations where there is poor visibility, a driver is distracted or has limited time to react to things like sudden braking of a car in front, or a child running onto the road after a ball” said Mr Case.
“While there was a variation in performance, all of the systems provide a worthwhile safety benefit,” he said.
“AEB can make all the difference in stopping a fright turning into a blight.”
As well as providing a safety benefit, many insurers, including RACV, offer discounts for vehicles with autonomous emergency braking.
Vehicles with AEB as standard across the model range
- Mazda passenger vehicles, including Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5, CX-9, (but absent on the MX-5 sports car and BT-50 utility)
- Kia Optima sedan - standard on range
- Subaru Liberty – standard on range
- Volkswagen Tiguan – standard on range