Emergency Braking System Could Prevent Hundreds Of Deaths

Thu 16th Aug 2018

Autonomous emergency braking technology could help avoid up to 348 deaths and serious injuries in a year according to the latest research.

Data analysis from the Department of Transport in relation to accident statistics has said that almost 2,500 accidents could be avoided if autonomous emergency braking systems were fitted. The research says that 2,496 incidents involving vans weighing 3.5 tonnes would have been avoided if the AEB technology was used.

German auto manufacturer Volkswagen is leading the way in installing AEB in all of their latest commercial vehicles and they recognise the importance of the life-saving technology.

Carl zu Dohna, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are proud to be leading the way with AEB standard across our van range.

"Ensuring our customers have the safest and most reliable commercial vehicles is all part of our Working With You promise.

“Autonomous emergency braking systems mean safer vehicles, fewer accidents and therefore reduced downtime and lower costs for fleets – as well as the potential to save lives.

"These are vital goals for any vehicle manufacturer.”

Road safety experts Thatcham Research have recognised the AEB as a a game changer in driving technology and are urging more van manufacturers to employ the technology in order to make roads safer.

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research comments: “To date, Volkswagen is the only commercial vehicle maker offering AEB as standard across its entire van range.

"With the number of accidents involving vans increasing year on year, AEB’s proven ability to avoid and mitigate collisions should not be overlooked.”

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