AUTO BRAKING – AN END TO ACCIDENTS?
Many drivers will have experienced the frustration of a low speed collision – the wrangling over insurance premiums, the hovering threat in the air of injury claims, the wait for the repairs to be completed – but these could soon be a thing of the past if the new auto-braking technology is as effective as is being claimed. Autonomous Emergency Braking, or AEB, is now thought to be so reliable that there is talk of the EC making it compulsory for cars to be fitted with this to gain European Type Approval.
This news has been met by many on motoring forums by withering contempt – the usual slew of comments along the lines of “soon you won’t be able to drive without these gizmos because you’re such a danger without them”. Whilst this is obviously to be predicted, the uptake of such systems by manufacturers has not been particularly fast, and recent reports showed that nearly four fifths of cars in Europe do not have this available.
The majority of accidents occur at low speeds, meaning that driving a car with AEB could ultimately produce a large saving in terms of insurance. In addition, less accidents mean less injuries and less congestion – the EC believes that accidents could be reduced by 27% through widespread adoption of this technology.
The technology in these systems is thought to be excellent, and this is borne out by trials; however, the motoring public do appear resistant to this. This attitude is one that is certain to be changed by a rear-end pranging though!