Safety first – at last

High-tech ac­ci­dent preven­tion sys­tems will soon be stan­dard

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emer­gency brak­ing in Europe and the US where man­u­fac­tur­ers are in­clud­ing AEB as stan­dard on many more mod­els than here in Aus­tralia,’’ ANCAP chief Nicholas Clarke says.

ANCAP data says AEB alone could drop the num­ber of road crashes by 27 per cent. Aus­tralia spends $27 bil­lion a year in road trauma-re­lated health costs.

‘‘ The more it’s picked up by con­sumers, the more its made avail­able from man­u­fac­tur­ers, the cheaper it be­comes,’’ Clarke says. ‘‘ We’ve got good safety tech­nol­ogy in ve­hi­cles as cheap as the ($13,990) Volk­swa­gen Up.’’

Volvo was first to mar­ket with the City Safety au­to­mated brak­ing sys­tem that works up to 50km/h. Subaru has it fit­ted in high-end mod­els andVW has equipped the Up light with a sim­i­lar auto-brak­ing safety sys­tem as stan­dard.

Col­li­sion alert, pedes­trian de­tec­tion and au­to­matic brak­ing sys­tems to avoid im­pacts are fast be­com­ing com­mon in high-end pres­tige mod­els but the trickle-down ef­fect is ex­pected to see it in main­stream ve­hi­cles sooner.

Subaru Aus­tralia’s David Row­ley says au­to­matic brak­ing tech­nol­ogy would be­come more com­mon over time.

‘‘ Subaru Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Se­nior is quoted as say­ing he can see no rea­son why this sys­tem won’t fil­ter down into other ve­hi­cles in our range over time.

‘‘ ABS is a good ex­am­ple, it took quite some time for it to be­come main­stream, airbags as well, but the time frame is shrink­ing. We re­fer to it as a driver as­sist sys­tem as there is no sub­sti­tute for the hu­man eye­ball, how­ever this sys­tem can greatly as­sist in this rare oc­ca­sions where an emer­gency does arise.’’

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