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Thatcham becomes the Autonomous Emergency Braking centre of excellence

Research that went into convincing UK insurers to reduce insurance premiums for cars fitted with leading edge collision avoidance technology, has turned Thatcham into a world leader in the development of test systems and qualifying procedures for Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

The Berkshire-based organisation has also been able to propose test procedures to Euro NCAP, as the basis of enhanced star ratings to be introduced in 2014 to address car-to-car rear accidents and, in 2016, pedestrian injuries.

Thatcham is also acting as a consultant for insurance industry and NCAP organisations in the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Peter Shaw, chief executive, said: “Vehicle manufacturers don't want too many different tests; ideally, they would like one harmonised standard that is accepted worldwide.

"We understand this and this philosophy guided the research effort and our work with international agencies.”


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