Why you should care about AEB | What Car?

Why you should care about AEB | What Car?

There’s a new safety technology on the block
that experts say could be as significant as a seat belt for saving lives. The good news
is, it’s being fitted to more and more new cars. In fact it’s already fitted on some
cars you’ll see on the road today. It’s known as autonomous emergency breaking or
AEB and it works using a combination of clever tech, like laser radar camera sensors, to
detect an imminent collision with an obstacle ahead. The new system is able to automatically
apply a car’s breaks if the driver fails to respond to the danger in its path. In the
best case scenario many systems are able to bring the car to a complete halt, rather like an emergency
stop, avoiding the collision altogether. In others it can at least reduce the severity
of the impact. The system includes an automatic cut off if you intervene at all and that can
just be the tiniest movement of the steering wheel but that restores full control to the
driver so you can steer round the situation which may after all be safer than hoping the
car will stop in time. There are currently three types of AEB. Some work only at lower
speeds, typically under 25mph and when you consider that three
quarters of collisions happen under 20mph it really makes sense with
city driving and stop start traffic to have that extra safety measure watching over you.
Other systems operate at high speeds, typically between 18 and 50 mph While some
cars offer pedestrian AEB which uses a camera to distinguish between people and cyclists
about to cross into the path of the car and inanimate objects such as roadside bollards
that don’t pose any threat. The reason this technology matters so much is because it has
the potential to save thousands of lives as well as thousands of pounds in cost every
time someone has an accident. Given that AEB could wipe out £2bn worth of whiplash claims
every year, car insurers are already awarding reduced premiums to cars fitted with AEB,
saving you money. Car safety body EuroNCAP has been so impressed by AEB that its now
factored the technology into its new car assessments. Low speed city AEB systems are already involved
in a cars score for adult protection. As a new standard of EuroNCAP safety, many manufactures
are keen to get AEB into their cars in some capacity even as a cost option. However, the
Volkswagen Golf behind us is fitted with AEB as standard. Volkswagen calls it City Emergency
Breaking and it’s fitted on every Golf in the range bar the entry level S trim. This
means most Golfs have seen their insurance group drop by two levels on account of their
improved safety and you can see the same system fitted as a £500 option on the recently updated
Polo. Then there’s this hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander which has low speed AEB included
in its city crash provision system. It works up to speeds of 22mph and comes as standard
on top of the range trims. Volvo is well known for its high safety standards and it’s
now fitting AEB as standard on all cars it produces. Its system works at all speeds,
though Volvo says it’s more likely to completely prevent a crash at speeds under 31mph. Volvo
also offers cyclist and pedestrian AEB as part of a comprehensive safety pack costing
£2000. It would seem crazy to buy a car without seat belts nowadays and soon enough we will
be thinking the same way about AEB. For more information about AEB head to whatcar.com

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Thinking about AEB the same way we do about a seatbelt…. don't think so for one seatbelts didn't and dont cost 2K as a option for a start.

    Also to echo other people if you go with this you might has well not be a driver anymore.

  2. I can see by the dumb comments below that people haven't given AEB a great deal of thought.
    The reason why car insurance is costly is because 40% of all claims are caused by rear-end collisions. So if you want to complain about AEB, don't whine every time you get your insurance renewal notice and the premium has increased because people keep crashing into the back of other cars.

  3. Have it fitted on my 2014 Golf GT… wouldn't buy a car without it now, sometimes it activates in bizarre circumstances but it has saved me from a small knock once or twice!! The Adaptive Cruise Control it comes with too slows you down very naturally too on motorways.

  4. This seemed more like an advert for those particular cars as opposed to a review of what other car manufacturers offer… 

  5. Excellent presenter who should do a lot more of these clips as she doesn't pretend to be more important than the subject matter. Thus too good for Top Gear.

  6. @What Car? My Grandad had a VW Golf MK6 2012 1.6 TDi Match and now he has a 2014 VW Golf MK7 1.6 TDi Match with the AEB system and his insurances is more expensive apparently.

  7. Radar frequencies are toxic to the human body.
    Sure this system can save many lives but it also exposes people to an ever increasing level of artificial radio frequencies.
    There is no safe level of exposure to radar frequencies.
    The current safety standards are based on a perpetual cycle of science doubt manufactured by industries that profit from it similar to what the tobacco companies did to avoid regulation.

  8. Good article nicely presented. Seatbelts, Airbags, ABS, were all criticised at first, but have been shown to save countless lives. AEB will also reduce all the stupid minor crashes that waste so much time sorting out. We should all welcome & embrace these new safety devices no matter how good a driver we think we are.

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