RACV car safety upgrades

Moving Well | RACV | Posted on 13 July 2017

RACV urges all car makers to introduce autonomous emergency braking as standard.

Up to 40 per cent of 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 common 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 50km/h can add more than 27 metres in distance travelled.

A 2014 RACV report revealed that, depending on the type of system fitted, 20-40 per cent of crashes, including fatal crashes, may be prevented with AEB. Even if crashes are not completely avoided, 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 a crash or reduce its severity.

“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 such as 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.

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 
  • Subaru Liberty
  • Volkswagen Tiguan