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Automated Emergency Braking should be mandatory, says ETSC

The technology, which is already available as an optional extra even on low-cost vehicles, could help prevent or lessen thousands of accidents in the UK if all cars were fitted with the technology from 2015, according to research from motor insurance research centre Thatcham.

And earlier this year, Thatcham Research chief executive Peter Shaw said: 'AEB and other ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) have a critical role to play in avoiding both common low-speed bumps that can cause injuries such as whiplash, and mitigating injuries and fatalities from medium-speed crashes.'

Meanwhile the Association of British Insurers has called for UK motor manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking as standard on all new cars to help cut personal injury claims by nearly a fifth.

ETSC said that it believes that the technology should be made mandatory in Europe in the near future. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and driver seat-belt reminders are all now fitted as standard thanks to EU rules. But the relevant legislation is currently being reviewed as it has not been updated since 2009. The technology has evolved dramatically since then, and the costs of so-called active safety systems have dropped in the meantime.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.