Autonomous braking systems have the potential to save thousands of lives and prevent many injuries every year if it were made compulsory under the law. This is the view of experts from Thatcham, who provided information on statistics revealed by them earlier in 2014.
According to statistics autonomous braking systems (called AEB for autonomous emergency braking) could lead to a marked drop in serious injuries and death in car accidents within a 10-year period. Thatcham experts believe as many as 17,000 fewer injuries and fatalities could occur in that time if AEB was made compulsory and was fitted in every single car. At present it is available but only as an extra that many people do not want to pay extra for.
An additional advantage of compulsory autonomous braking systems is that car insurance could drop in price too. The experts think the outcome could be akin to the drop in deaths and injuries seen before front-seat car drivers and passengers were required by law to wear seat belts. This occurred back in 1983. The idea behind AEB is that it kicks in and applies the brakes for the driver if they do not do it in time themselves.
How serious can car crashes be in terms of injuries?
A lot depends on the various safety measures in play in the car, as well as the speed and severity of the accident. Clearly the information given above indicates that fewer accidents and fatalities have occurred over the years as a result of further safety measures being brought in. However there is always the potential to be injured in an accident, regardless of how minor or serious it happens to be. Safer driving goes a long way towards protecting everyone and reducing the odds of accidents still further.
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Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown