The latest Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) research shows that consumer uptake of collision avoidance technology and autonomous emergency braking has dramatically increased.
ANCAP’s latest market analysis based on sales of Australian new light vehicles shows the standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) has increased from 18% to 54% in just two years.
ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin said, “60 of the top 100 selling models now offer AEB as standard equipment.”
“In the past month alone, over 40,000 new vehicles entered the fleet with this important collision avoidance technology.”
“This is a significant milestone for the industry and the marketplace, with supply and demand working together to provide positive safety outcomes.”
It is important for MTA members to keep up to date with technology being introduced into the market. If you sell or repair vehicles, these standards in safety are becoming a necessity for road users when choosing a new vehicle.
Increasing road safety is a priority for the MTA and part of a road safety strategy should include the introduction of newer, safer vehicles and removing older, less safe vehicles from our roads.
Introducing mandatory vehicle inspections at change of ownership will help to identify faults and remove un-roadworthy vehicles from our roads.
South Australia has one of the oldest vehicle fleet ages in the country. Vehicles built before 2001 account for 20 per cent of Australia's vehicle fleet and the rate of fatal crashes per registered vehicle for these is four times higher than vehicles built since 2012. By lowering the age of South Australia's vehicle fleet, we will have more vehicles on our roads with enhanced safety performance, reducing the risk of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.
With the State’s road toll now higher than last year’s, any action to reduce the loss of life on our roads must be considered. Roadworthiness inspections are one of five strategies that we believe will assist in reducing the road toll including: lowering the vehicle age seen on our roads; better road conditions; increased driver education; and more policing to determine vehicle roadworthiness.