According to the Association of British Insurers, if cars were all equipped with AEB or autonomous emergency braking, it would cut personal injury claims by a fifth!
AEB is a relatively new braking system that is currently used in approximately 23% of all new cars. The system uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to spot and identify other cars and pedestrians and automatically responds by braking if the driver does not respond in time to avoid a collision or lessen the impact of a collision. If a driver was distracted, someone pulled out in front of them, or they just missed seeing another car or person, the system would apply the brakes to avoid or lesson the impact of a collision.
Research shows that injuries could be avoided by 18% if all vehicles had this system.
Scott Pendry, the ABI’s Motor Policy Adviser stated, “Even with clear safety benefits, three-quarters of new vehicles available to UK motorists do not have autonomous emergency braking fitted as standard or as an option.
“This must change. Fitting this technology as the norm will not only further improve road safety, but will significantly lower insurance costs as AEB is taken into account in the motor insurance group rating system.”
More and more as technology and science work in the automotive industry cars become safer. If you remember back to 1965, Ralph Nader wrote a book, Unsafe At Any Speed, which covered auto makers desire for comfort over safety. The book also pointed out the “The Sporty Corvair – The One Car Accident”. The Corvair had safety issues as it tended to sway a lot and had a tendency to tip over.
Cars today are much safer in general than years ago, with ABS, seatbelts, soft interiors, etc, many lives and serious injuries have been avoided. As technology moves forward in the auto industry, even more lives lost and injuries will be avoided.