The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed a ten-fold increase in the standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in just over two years.
ANCAP has tracked the availability and market penetration of AEB across the Australian light vehicle market since December 2015 when just three percent of new vehicles sold offered AEB as standard. Today, that figure has increased to 31 percent.
“This is an encouraging result for consumers, and the vehicle brands leading the charge should be commended,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “Over the past few years we have been educating the community of the benefits of this technology, and in parallel, pushing vehicle brands to include AEB as standard across model ranges and price points.”
Of the top 100 selling vehicles available at March 2018, 37 models offered AEB as standard. Yet AEB was not offered in any form on 35 models.
“To see one-third of all popular selling models now offer this driver assistance technology as standard, we’ve moved some way closer to achieving a reduction in crash incidence and severity – but there is still a long way to go,” Goodwin added. “This year we have adopted significant changes to our rating system to encourage the standard offering of AEB across the market, and we’re confident this will see a further acceleration in AEB availability.”
View the report, Availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in Australia.