Calls increase for new car safety technologies to be made mandatory
Australasia’s New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has called for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made mandatory for new cars. Speaking during the UN’s Global Road Safety Week, which is focusing on the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, the safety organisation said the car safety technology could reduce fatalitles by half.
ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke said: “The fast adoption of technologies like AEB could cut deaths and injuries in half by 2020, with pedestrian deaths and injuries substantially reduced as part of this. We’d like to see this life-saving technology become a mandatory requirement for all new vehicles.”
Pedestrians account for 25% of road-related deaths worldwide, with 270,000 people killed each year. A new generation of safety technologies is emerging that assist the driver to reduce collision impact speeds and even prevent some accidents from happening. A growing number of campaigners and consumers are asking governments and manufacturers to fit them as standard.
Autonomous Emergency Braking uses cameras to detect an imminent accident so that the driver can be alerted or the brakes applied. Real-world data suggest that, if fitted to every vehicle, AEB can reduce the overall number of accidents on our roads by up to 27%.