THE campaign to have cars fitted with potentially life-saving technology grows apace, writes Eddie Cunningham. Thatcham, the respected organisation which tests and accredits AEB systems on behalf of Euro NCAP and the insurance industry, is behind a massive push to have autonmous emergency braking (AEB) fitted to all new cars.
And they wanted it fitted sooner rather than later.
AEB uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and automatically applies the brakes should the driver not respond in time.
It is reckoned that AEB cuts low-speed accidents by around 20pc.
And cars fitted with AEB - they efectively stop themselves - could save as many lives as seatbelts, Thatcham claims.
Its research found that thousands of accidents could be prevented or the effect lessened if all cars were fitted with the technology from 2015. Proponents say AEB could be the most important safety innovation of more than 30 years.
This type of active safety puts the emphasis on primarily avoid the crash in the first place. That is in contrast with many other systems - which have their part to play too it must be said - of minimising the after-effects of an accidents.