A recent study undertaken by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed that Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) was found in 10 times more new cars sold in Australia this year as standard, compared to those sold two years ago.
AEB technology applies brakes automatically when a rear-end crash is detected by the system, which is being seen more frequently in base models of new vehicles.
Research by ANCAP tracked autonomous braking as an option in the 100 best selling models in Australia for the time period December 2015 through to June 2016, June 2017 to March 2018.
The data shows that in 2015, just six of the top 100 models were sold with AEB as standard, while 37 of the top 100 models offer AEB as standard today. This means that 31 per cent of new cars sold in Australia today are equipped with AEB.
What wasn’t taken into account in ANCAP’s study was the quality and speed range of different AEB systems which vary between manufacturers, with low-end Mazda’s AEB systems capped at 40km per hour, while some other manufacturer’s AEB systems are able to stop a car at speeds up to 130km per hour.While the study shows an increasing trend towards AEB systems potentially making new vehicles safer, the majority of vehicles currently on Australian roads are not fitted with advanced safety systems as standard.