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ROY  Imagine for a mo­ment if all our cars had au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB).

Pedes­trian deaths/in­juries will be greatly re­duced, and so will rear-end ac­ci­dents, ve­hi­cle pile­ups, traf­fic con­ges­tion and the re­lated so­cial costs.

Seat­belts and airbags save lives when the ac­ci­dent has oc­curred. AEB greatly im­proves the chances of avoid­ing the ac­ci­dent. AEB helps alert the driver that a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion has started. AEB has at least four stages, start­ing from vis­ual, au­dio and, fi­nally, brak­ing.

The lo­cal mo­tor trade’s au­tho­rised deal­ers do not seem to tick the op­tion box when it comes to safety fea­tures like AEB. Cars fit­ted with the fea­ture in other coun­tries/mar­kets seem to lose it when they come here.

Is it be­cause this re­duces the cost of the car and there­fore in­di­rectly in­creases the profit? Should the Sin­ga­pore Gov­ern­ment zero-rate taxes on safe­tyre­lated fea­tures?

Volvo, I be­lieve, was one of the first to in­tro­duce AEB to the mo­tor­ing main­stream, even though Volvo cars are quite ex­pen­sive due to high markup. If Sin­ga­pore wants to be a lead­ing coun­try among smart na­tions, I find it ironic that cars here lack an im­por­tant yet in­ex­pen­sive safety fea­ture such as au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

To safer roads.

Thanks for your thought-pro­vok­ing let­ter about mak­ing AEB manda­tory in Sin­ga­pore (Roy’s let­ter was also e-mailed to the Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Min­istry of Trans­port, Sin­ga­pore Po­lice Force and The Straits Times ed­i­tor).

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