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AEB Brake Technology A Safer Motoring Future

A recent breakthrough in automotive technology has the potential to save countless lives on our UK roads. Autonomous Emergency Breaking (AEB) technology is receiving an enormous amount of support from both insurance companies and road safety campaigners alike. If AEB was to become compulsory by law for all new manufactured cars, we could eventually see it become as commonplace as having seatbelts.

AEB utilises a clever system of laser sensors, cameras and radar fitted to a vehicle to accurately detect if the cars in front are slowing down or braking sharply.  In most cases, if the driver does not notice or react quickly enough, they could be involved in a serious accident. However, with an AEB system fitted on the vehicle, these potential collisions can be predicted in advance allowing the car to take evasive action if the driver does not. By automatically applying the car’s brakes the damage from a crash could be greatly reduced or, better yet, completely avoided altogether.

Thatcham Research Centre consists of experts in safety, crash repair and security, working very closely with many vehicle insurances companies. Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham, stated that AEB technology is “the next seatbelt” in terms of safety. He continues, “When a driver does not take avoidance action it will automatically activate the breaking system, mitigating the crash or even stopping it happening completely”

This revolutionary technology is also rapidly gaining support from many who have had their lives majorly affected by traumatic road accidents. This includes Tony Davison who sadly lost his son Adrian in a devastating car accident. Currently campaigning for improved road safety in the future he said AEB was an “excellent innovation”. He strongly supports applying pressure on the government to make the technology a compulsory feature of new cars. He stated that the moment police officers came knocking at his door to inform him that his son was involved in a fatal car accident, his life was “ruined”. “There is not a single day that goes by from that instant when I do not find myself thinking about him and truly missing him”, he added. “If there is something that can be done to prevent other families experiencing a similar loss then we must try to do it”.

Many others are beginning to call for the government to consider making it mandatory by law to fit AEB systems including road safety charities.  By using research gathered from car insurance industry data, they claim that there is potential to save over 1,220 lives in the next 10 years using this technology. 

However, the Department of Transport has recently stated that they have no current plans to make AEB systems a legal requirement. Their main concerns over the technology are due to the potential costs involved. As it currently stands, the prices range wildly between 100’s and 1000’s of pounds. Many have also raised concerns over whether this type of technology could cause drivers to become more reliant on technology and driver aids, leading to laziness or carelessness.


Technology  12/08/2014 09:13:39

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