The Australian Government is calling for autonomous emergency braking to be fitted as standard in new vehicles to reduce trauma caused by light vehicles.
The Government’s Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) proposes the introduction of a new Australian Design Rule (ADR) specifying the regulatory need for car-to-car and pedestrian-detecting autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems on new vehicle models from July 2022, and all models from July 2024 – in a similar timeframe to European regulation.
The news has been welcomed by Australasia’s independent vehicle safety consumer advocate, ANCAP SAFETY, which has been encouraging the voluntary fitment of AEB technology across the Australian and New Zealand fleets through its safety testing and star rating program since 2015.
“The proposal released today by the Australian Government to mandate AEB is a welcome announcement,” said ANCAP Director of Communications and Advocacy, Rhianne Robson.
AEB has been found to reduce police-reported crashes by 55 percent, rear-end crashes by 40 percent, and vehicle occupant trauma by 28 percent.
ANCAP’s analysis on the availability of AEB, including the AEB status of the top 100 selling models, can be viewed at www.ancap.com.au/AEB.