Manda­tory AEB call

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Manda­tory in­tro­duc­tion of Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing (AEB) in new ve­hi­cles sold here could save hun­dreds of Kiwi lives and re­duce the cost of in­sur­ance, ac­cord­ing to Volvo NZ gen­eral man­ager Coby Dug­gan. While AEB is al­ready stan­dard in many new ve­hi­cles sold in NZ, it is not yet com­pul­sory. “Stud­ies have shown ve­hi­cles with AEB have around 40 per­cent less col­li­sions,” said Dug­gan. “By mak­ing this sys­tem manda­tory in all new ve­hi­cles sold in this coun­try we have the po­ten­tial to save hun­dreds of lives and pre­vent thou­sands more ca­su­al­ties.” Dug­gan says with South Korea, the Euro­pean Union and United States work­ing to im­ple­ment laws mak­ing AEB com­pul­sory from 2019, 2020 and 2022 re­spec­tively, it is timely for New Zealand to re­view its own reg­u­la­tions. He says ve­hi­cles fit­ted with AEB are also of­ten cheaper to in­sure in other mar­kets.

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