A new report released by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) revealed that Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is now fitted as standard equipment in 10 times more vehicles in Australia since 2015.

According to CarAdvice, 37 models in the top 100 car sales chart of Australia feature AEB as standard today, representing 31% of the market. In comparison, the figure in 2015 was three percent, or six out of 100 models.

The study took into account whether the potentially life-saving technology is not available, optional, available on higher models, standard or unknown in the 100 best-selling cars in Australia through December 2015, June 2016, June 2017 and March 2018, tracking its rapid uptake. The research showed that the number of cars in that pool without AEB in any form or trim has dropped from 67 to 35.

However, the publication pointed out a few caveats with the study. “Although the top 100 models offered in Australia are covered in the survey, there are a whopping 369 included in VFACTS data. The 269 cars excluded from the survey represent 11% of sales, which means the data isn’t 100% representative of the local market,” read the report.

Also, different levels of AEB weren’t factored in the study, and not all AEB systems are created equal. Where some cars will pull you to a complete stop from upwards of 130km/h, others cut out at 30km/h, such as that on the Perodua Myvi. In fact, Proton’s upcoming SUV will also come with AEB.

AEB is now a mandatory requirement for manufacturers to achieve a five-star ANCAP crash safety rating, and the organisation is pushing this into the light commercial segment as well. Expect AEB to be featured as standard in more vehicles in the future.