EVERY car being built should be fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology a leading British auto magazine says.
What Car? has joined British automotive safety experts Thatcham Research and car safety testers Euro NCAP in calling for AEB to be standard fit on all new cars.
Euro NCAP is even offering higher safety scores as an incentive for manufacturers that make it compulsory.
The magazine says AEB technology is already cheap as teh tarik costing manufactuers as little as £40 (RM240) each.
Thatcham Research estimates that manufacturers can buy a LIDAR based system for around £37. A camera-based system might cost approximately £58, a stereo camera system £73 and a radar-based system around £146.
AEB systems use a combination of laser, radar and cameras to detect an imminent collision, warn the driver and apply the brakes. If the driver fails to respond, the system can even bring the car to a complete halt.
Currently available as standard or as an option on 95 percent of new cars, AEB could reduce fatal crashes by 20-25 percent and accidents in which an injury is sustained by 25-35%.
Despite that, where AEB is a cost option, only 1.6 percent of buyers will tick the box to add it.
Jim Holder, editorial director of What Car?, said: “When seatbelts became compulsory for front seat occupants of cars in 1983, the number of drivers killed or seriously injured dropped dramatically, almost overnight.
“The evidence is irrefutable – AEB saves lives. Just as all new cars now come with stability control, so autonomous emergency braking should be standard fit for all mainstream cars.”
The use of AEB has also had a positive impact on consumer insurance premiums and the cost of repairing damage to cars involved in collisions.