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ABI calls on carmakers to fit autonomous emergency braking as standard

The technology, which uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and automatically brake if needed – is only currently fitted as standard or an option to 23% of new vehicles available in the UK. This is despite the fact that research shows that AEB could lead to an 18% reduction in personal injury claims following road traffic accidents

Speaking today (25th February) at The Future of Road Safety conference organised by Inside Government, the ABI’s Scott Pendry said: ‘Even with clear safety benefits, three-quarters of new vehicles available to UK motorists do not have autonomous emergency braking fitted as standard or as an option. This must change. Fitting this technology as the norm will not only further improve road safety, but will significantly lower insurance costs as AEB is taken into account in the motor insurance group rating system.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.