Industry demands more car safety with AEB devices

Car accidents are a largely unavoidable part of fleet management. While these may fortunately still be rare in many individual cases, fleet managers all over the country will work knowing the constant threat of a crash involving one of their drivers.

While this concern may never be completely wiped out, in-built safety technology can help drivers to reduce the damage to the vehicle and any occupants or avoid accidents altogether.

This is the reasons why the Australasian New Car Assessment Program recently called for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to be the standard features at the point of purchase.

Now, more industry experts have voiced the same sentiment. The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) has also come out swinging in support of the greater use of technology in the Australian new car market.

In particular, the automotive industry body wants more vehicles to be fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) - a tool that can help drivers when posed with split-second decisions.

What is autonomous emergency braking?

AEB systems use laser, video, sonar or other sensors to detect obstacles that could cause a collision. These can be people or sizable objects that are likely to damage the vehicle.

In such an instance, the technology automatically applies the brakes, shaving precious seconds off the response time of a driver in an emergency situation, potentially saving lives and - at very least - preventing high repair costs.

Manufacturers under pressure

RACV Senior Engineer Vehicles Nick Platt said the device can dramatically reduce car crashes and fatality rates in Australia.

"AEB technology may prevent between 20 and 40 per cent of crashes ... Even if a crash is not prevented, the reduction in speed may be enough to prevent death or serious injury," he explained in a media announcement last month.

The Victorian industry group has now called on all manufacturers to fit the systems as standard across all new models.

"AEB is life-saving vehicle-safety technology and RACV would like to see it applied to all vehicles sooner rather than later," Mr Platt continued.

"Currently there are around 50 car models available with AEB systems, so for those drivers in the market for a new car, we strongly suggest you buy a vehicle fitted with this life-saving technology."

Make better purchasing decisions

AEB is not the only option for a fleet manager wanting the best safety tools in their vehicles. There are dozens of ADAS options available, each perhaps better tailored to suit the operational nature of an individual fleet.

Our range of fleet services includes assistance in the procurement process. Using our network of dealers, Smartfleet can reduce the purchasing cost of new vehicles and work with you to find the ones that match your safety demands.

To make well-informed purchasing decisions contact an expert today.