Support increases for AEB standard fitment

Consumer motoring magazine provides its support to the greater availability of AEB collision avoidance technology as a standard feature on new cars in the UK.

UK automotive magazine, “What Car?” has provided its support to making Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) technology more widespread in its availability on new cars. With such availability currently amounting to only 17% in the UK, this low cost and life-saving technology is being missed out on by the majority of new car buyers.

Established supporter of AEB technology, Thatcham Research, has welcomed the support of “What Car?” and has also applauded the progress made so far by the car manufacturing industry because despite only 17% of new cars having autonomous braking as standard, the availability of it as an optional extra on some models brings this figure up to a potential 41%, based on 2015 figures.

According to a Thatcham Research survey amongst road users, a massive 82% believe that such features as AEB should be a standard feature available at no extra cost. However, even with the small additional cost of the units, drivers could benefit from reduced insurance group ratings for cars equipped with the technology.

This cost starts from around £40 for the simplest type of Lidar based units, rising to a figure which is still less than £200 for more complex systems that include the ability to avoid pedestrians and other road users rather than just cars.

According to Matthew Avery of Thatcham Research, the technology provides motorists with peace of mind through its proven crash reduction capabilities.

“There is no longer any excuse for car makers to launch new cars without AEB as standard across the board, and along with Dealers, to promote and explain AEB more effectively to consumers,” he said.

AEB Sensor technology background

There are currently four different sensor technologies that characterise the way that collision avoidance systems operate and which are most widely used in AEB units on new vehicles available in the UK market today:

Lidar – Low cost short range sensors which use light detection technology to assess distance from vehicles and avoid low speed collisions, usually in urban environments, at speeds of up to 15mph (24kph) and mitigate collision damage at speeds of up to 25mph (40kph).

Radar – Effective over longer distances than Lidar, radar sensors are more expensive but are more effective in detecting vehicles at greater distances allowing more braking time and avoiding collisions at speeds of up to 30mph (48kph).

Camera Sensors – Cameras add an extra dimension to object detection as they can also classify the object as a vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian or animal and also offer the capability of providing 360 degree coverage to assist the driver in low speed manoeuvres such as reversing or parking.

Sensor Fusion – The most comprehensive collision avoidance systems in use today are based on a fusion or radar and camera technologies to offer the short range benefits of camera technology for object classification and pedestrian avoidance with the long range and higher speed effectiveness of radar sensing.

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