12 FEBRUARY, 2015
Transport Accident Commission has welcomed a sharp increase in the number of new
cars available with technology that automatically senses danger and applies the
the seven months since the TAC launched its Australian-first campaign
encouraging new car buyers to look for vehicles with Auto-Emergency Braking
(AEB), the number of cars available with the technology has grown from 129 to 164.
Manufacturers are also increasingly offering AEB as a standard feature rather
than an optional extra.
chief executive officer Janet Dore predicted the numbers would continue to grow
as more consumers demand the potentially life-saving technology.
the safety of Victoria's car fleet is an important step towards creating a
safer overall road system that will reduce deaths and serious injuries," Ms
systems generally use sensors to detect imminent danger, such as pedestrians or
stationary vehicles in the car's path. The sensors trigger a warning and,
depending on the AEB version installed, the car will brake automatically if the
driver fails to respond.
Dore said AEB had the potential to significantly reduce the likelihood of rear-end
collisions, which account for about 16 per cent of all injury crashes.
will never replace the need to be alert and vigilant at all times when driving
but it can intervene at that crucial moment to avoid a collision or reduce the
speed at impact," Ms Dore said.
Dore said it was hoped that Victorians would embrace AEB in a similar way to
earlier vehicle safety technologies like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and
side curtain airbags. In the 10 years following the launch of TAC's ground-breaking
ESC campaign in 2004, the number of new vehicles fitted with ESC grew from 10
per cent to 95 per cent.
Dore said AEB was not confined to high-end luxury vehicles, with manufacturers
including Ford, Holden, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen
now offering it in various models.
would expect to see the luxury brands adopting these types of technologies
early in the piece but it really is encouraging to see AEB turning up in many
of the more affordable showrooms," Ms Dore said.
in the market for a new car really should put the latest safety features, like
AEB, at the top of their shopping list. It could save their life."
find out more about Auto Emergency Braking and see a full list of cars fitted
with it, visit www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au
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