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A study conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has proved that the use of low-speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) significantly reduces the number of road accidents.

Through data collected from Australia and five European countries, the independent safety bodies discovered a 38% overall reduction in real-world rear-end collisions for vehicles fitted with such systems compared to those without, in both urban (above 60 km/h) and rural (below 60 km/h) speed zones. Previously, studies have predicted the benefits of AEB, but there had been little evidence to back up the claim until now.

The study also stated that AEB systems requires a widespread adoption in order to maximise the benefits of the technology. “Clearly, at this level of effectiveness, low speed AEB is potentially an important active safety technology and widespread fitment through the vehicle fleet should be encouraged in the interest of improved vehicle safety,” said Swedish Transport Administration group chairman Dr Anders Lie.

In Malaysia, low-speed AEB systems are also increasingly common in new cars, with the price of entry steadily dropping – the Ford Focus Sport+ hatchback and Titanium+ sedan, as well as the recently-introduced high-spec CKD Mazda 3 Sedan and Peugeot 308 are the cheapest cars with the technology, priced at between RM125k-RM133k.