Reverse autobraking could be a boon for fleets

One of the best served benefactors of the developing world of technology is the automotive industry. This is particularly true in Australia, where new cars with the latest advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) are constantly awarded with the very highest safety standards.

In fact, ADAS has raised the bar to such an extent, ANCAP - Australia's car crash test experts - has had to redesign its five-star reward system.

However, high speed collisions are not the only risks to drivers and pedestrians. Sometimes, just negotiating a vehicle off the forecourt or from a driveway can open up the door to accidents.

To help improve reversing collisions, Melbourne-based manufacturer Bosch has created a rear-mounted autobraking device that can stop a car if it about to cause damage.

A fleet manager may be particularly interested in such an innovation, as tight reversing angles and the busyness of most forecourts, loading bays and parking areas create many opportunities for driver error.

President at Bosch Australia Gavin Smith said the device is "a huge step forward in preventing driveway fatalities and injuries", particularly considering the everyday risks of low-speed reversing. 

For instance, statistics from the manufacturer say that 50 children are killed or injured in Australian driveways each year.  One only has to imagine how collision avoidance technology can help to reduce commercial accidents too.

Bosch has created the device with funding from the Victoria and Federal Government's Automotive New Markets Program. While reverse mounted cameras and warning devices are commonly used in a range of vehicles, an automated braking system was dubbed the next "logical step" by Mike Costello, Senior Editor for Car Advice.

With Bosch already suppliers of other electronic devices for a range of automotive manufacturers, the technology could be on the market within the next two years.