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Make autonomous emergency braking the norm and cut personal injury claims by nearly a fifth

The ABI today (February 25, 2014) called for UK motor manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard on all new cars.

AEB uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and automatically braking if the driver does not respond in time to avoid a collision or lessen its impact.

Currently only 23% of new vehicles available in the UK have AEB fitted as standard or as an option, despite the fact that research* shows that AEB could lead to an 18% reduction in personal injury claims following road traffic accidents.

Speaking at The Future of Road Safety in the UK conference organised by Inside Government, the ABI’s Motor Policy Adviser, Scott Pendry said:

"Even with clear safety benefits, three-quarters of new vehicles available to UK motorists do not have autonomous emergency braking fitted as standard or as an option.

"This must change. Fitting this technology as the norm will not only further improve road safety, but will significantly lower insurance costs as AEB is taken into account in the motor insurance group rating system.”

Read a full version of the speech on road safety delivered by Scott Pendry.

*Research from The Motor Insurance Repair and Research Centre (Thatcham)

Crash stats:

  • 75% of crashes occur at speeds under 20mph
  • 26% of crashes are front to rear low speed shunts
  • Over 400,000 whiplash claims are made annually
  • More than 6,000 pedestrians are killed or seriously injured on UK roads every year
  • Pedestrian casualties account for 23% of all killed and seriously injured

(Source: Thatcham)

Last updated 01/07/2016