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).