Mandatory AEB call
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.