Currently, only 23% of new vehicles available in the U.K. have AEB fitted as standard or as an option, notes an ABI statement issued last week.
This is despite research from The Motor Insurance Repair and Research Centre (Thatcham) demonstrating that AEB could lead to an 18% reduction in personal injury claims following road traffic accidents.
AEB uses radar, lasers and optical sensors to identify other vehicles and pedestrians, automatically applying the brakes if the driver does not respond in time to avoid a collision or lessen its impact, the statement notes.
Crash statistics from Thatcham include the following: 75% of crashes occur at speeds under 20 miles per hour; 26% of crashes are front to rear low speed shunts; more than 400,000 whiplash claims are made annually in the U.K.; more than 6,000 pedestrians are killed or seriously injured on U.K. roads every year; and pedestrian casualties account for 23% of all killed and seriously injured.
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