Safety first – at last
High-tech accident prevention systems will soon be standard
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.’’