Active City Stop

Cars are getting increasingly safe these days thanks to the adoption of a plethora of safety features, no doubt about it. As such, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), along with the Australian Medical Association (AMA), have teamed up to urge the Australian government and authorities to make compulsory a number of safety features, with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) at the top of the list.

As part of the ‘Avoid the crash, Avoid the trauma’ campaign, ANCAP and AMA are pushing the federal government to enforce a mandatory implementation of AEB as a standard feature on all new vehicles, CarAdvice reports. “Vehicle technologies such as AEB can help reduce road trauma at a much faster rate than we are seeing now,” commented Professor Brian Owler, president of AMA.

“AEB is a technology that will reduce the number of deaths and injuries from road crashes,” added ANCAP CEO, Nicholas Clarke. Aside from the inclusion of AEB, Owler also states that education plays a vital role in helping to make Australian roads safer. “Too often I see the horrific injuries and loss of life caused by road crashes when drivers get it wrong.”

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According to statistics, AEB has been proven to help reduce the number of rear-end collisions by over 38%. The system employs an array of sensors and cameras to process the speed relative to obstacles located in the path of the vehicle. In the event the driver fails to apply the brakes, the system will initiate and bring the vehicle to a standstill, if necessary.

In Malaysia, AEB technology, along with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting and Enhanced Child Restraint System, are set to be mandated for new type vehicle approvals in the future. A total of 22 UN regulations under the WP29 umbrella are to be gazetted this year while a further 19 will be included in 2017 along with two more in 2020 – making for a total of 126 UN regulations incorporated into Malaysian law.