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Trevor Collett | May, 15 2015 | 4 Comments

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has used the results of a new study to reinforce its calls for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be fitted to more new cars.

This latest study has found that the technology has led to a 38 percent reduction in ‘real world’ rear-end collisions.

That figure is up from around 27 percent in 2012, and the findings also indicated that for the benefits of AEB to be fully realised, “widespread fitment” was required in new cars.

The study was jointly commissioned by ANCAP, Euro NCAP and the Department of Infrastructure And Regional Development.

Data from five European countries and Australia was used to compile the report, which compared vehicles with AEB to a sample of equivalent vehicles without it.

Several new models offer the safety feature in Australia already, but there’s a large spread of models with standard AEB verses optional AEB, while others are yet to offer AEB at all.

"Previous studies have predicted significant benefits from AEB technology in low-speed rear-end crashes and current research is now demonstrating its effectiveness," ANCAP CEO, Nicholas Clarke, said.

"ANCAP and the Department, together with Euro NCAP, established an expert group of representatives across governments, industry, consumer and insurance organisations to determine the effectiveness of AEB in reducing real-world crashes."

The technology is currently restricted to low-speed environments (below 40 or 50km/h) in most models and is often marketed as ‘city emergency brake’ or similar.

Carmakers are working to expand the effectiveness of AEB at higher speeds however, particularly as the push for fully-autonomous cars gathers momentum.

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