Brake ex­pec­ta­tions

Hi-tech crash avoid­ance sys­tems mean lower in­sur­ance bills, the mak­ers claim

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most com­mon ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent re­pair jobs and that 75 per cent of these oc­cur at speeds less than 25km/h. NRMA’s re­search di­rec­tor Robert McDon­ald says there are 50,000 rear-end ac­ci­dents in NSW alone each year with an es­ti­mated dam­age bill and in­sur­ance cost of $200 mil­lion.

That equates to about 200,000 ac­ci­dents a year around Australia, cost­ing about $800 mil­lion.

‘‘ We are very con­fi­dent that the tech­nol­ogy will re­duce the like­li­hood of the XC60 be­ing in­volved in a col­li­sion,’’ McDon­ald says.

‘‘ This is set to be re­flected in our pric­ing, and we would es­ti­mate that the cost of an in­sur­ance pre­mium for this ve­hi­cle will up to 20 per cent cheaper than it would be if it didn’t have the tech­nol­ogy.’’

Volvo Australia spokesman Oliver Peagam says In­sur­ance Australia Group— in­clud­ing NRMA, SGIO and CGU— and Al­lianz sup­port City Safety with a 20 per cent re­duc­tion on in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums.

Eye­sight uses a pair of cam­eras mounted at the top of the Subaru’s wind­screen. It mon­i­tors the dis­tance to ob­jects ahead and will stop the car with­out driver in­ter­ven­tion if con­tact is im­mi­nent. Eye­sight’s for­ward vi­sion also warns when the car is stray­ing from the lanes or to the road shoul­der and mon­i­tors driver fa­tigue.

Subaru spokesman David Row­ley says Eye­sight will soon flow to less ex­pen­sive mod­els.

Volvo’s City Safety, avail­able since 2009, uses laser scan­ners. It is avail­able on the S60, V60, V70 , S80, XC60 and XC70 mod­els and in the new V40 hatch due here early in 2013.

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is fit­ted with a sys­tem that senses an im­mi­nent col­li­sion and pre­pares brakes. Un­like the Subaru and Volvo set-ups, it will not bring the car to a stand­still un­less op­tioned with the Dis­tronic func­tion.

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