Fleets starting to specify ADAS devices as standard, says Arval
Key advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) devices that could enhance driver safety are starting to be specified by some fleets as standard.
So says Arval, as it reports that fleet awareness of such technologies – in particular lane departure, distance control and autonomous braking – is growing as the fitting costs fall. Meanwhile the EU is also advancing plans to make safety technologies such as AEB mandatory on new cars.
Shaun Sadlier, head of consultancy at Arval, commented: “Certainly, when you talk to fleet managers or company car drivers who have used these devices, and believe that they have saved them from potential accidents, they are very much in favour of seeing them become as widespread as possible.
“The cost of fitting ADAS devices to all cars on your fleet has perhaps been prohibitive in the past but there is a feeling among some fleets that, if they are going to be mandated by law quite soon anyway, then they may as well start specifying them.
“Also, as options, these devices have been getting cheaper on an almost annual basis and, for many manufacturers, are even bundled together as part of high-value ‘safety packs.’
“We also expect to see considerable benefits for fleets as a result of the introduction of another EU safety initiative, the eCall system, which automatically contacts emergency services in the event of a crash, as determined by in-car sensors, such as those triggering the vehicle’s airbags.”