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Rising new car registrations to bring increased take-up of AEB

With this month’s 65-plate change expected to bring rising sales, the automotive safety and security experts at the organisation are predicting an additional 27,000 new cars with standard fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) will hit UK roads this September, bringing the total to over 600,000 or 1.7%.

The increase will bring many benefits for road safety but Thatcham is urging fleets to continue take-up of models with AEB to help further improve road safety.

Recent joint data from Euro NCAP and ANCAP, the independent car safety bodies for Europe and Australasia, revealed that low-speed AEB technology leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes and that there is no significant difference between urban and rural crash benefits.

“Low speed AEB technology needs widespread fitment for maximum benefits,” says Miller, president of Euro NCAP and chief technical officer of Thatcham Research. “AEB is the first of the new automated crash avoidance technologies and is becoming increasingly common on modern passenger cars. The low speed option normally consists of an automatic brake function that operates effectively at speeds up to 50km/h. 

“At this level of effectiveness, AEB is a hugely important active safety technology. In the last six months alone we’ve seen an additional 46,000 Mercedes and 28,000 Volkswagens on our roads with standard fit AEB. The biggest game-changer though will come when some of the UK’s best-sellers like Ford and Vauxhall begin to fit the system across their whole range.  Crash-prevention technology is no longer a premium-brand luxury and has the potential to bring significant safety benefits to fleets large and small.” 

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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.