New braking systems to save lives

The number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities recorded every year could be reduced by the introduction of revolutionary new breaking systems, according to Thatcham, the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre.

The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems use a variety of technologies, including radar, camera and lasers, to automatically stop a car before it hits a pedestrian.

Test results show that incorporating the new safety systems into all production models would help prevent over 2,700 pedestrian casualties in the UK every year.

In addition, Thatcham estimates that more than 160,000 whiplash injuries caused each year by the rear end shunt would also be prevented.

As part of the study, researchers joined forces with emergency services staff to record real life data at the scene of hundreds of accidents across the UK.

Six systems have been under test from vehicle manufacturers including BMW, Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Mercedes.

The Thatcham AEB protocols now being developed are expected to be considered in any future Euro NCAP testing procedures.

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