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ABI calls for autonomous braking as standard

The ABI has called for UK motor manufacturers to fit autonomous emergency braking as standard on all new cars.

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians and automatically braking if the driver does not respond in time to avoid a collision or lessen its impact.

Currently only 23% of new vehicles available in the UK have AEB fitted as standard or as an option, despite the fact that research shows that AEB could lead to an 18% reduction in personal injury claims following road traffic accidents

Speaking 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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