The evolution of car safety: What is AEB?

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:21

Car manufacturers have kept up with the evolution of car safety features releasing new models that are designed to keep drivers safe. This is evidently seen with cars that are designed to break for their drivers. Features such as AEB are leading the forefront of autonomous emergency braking and how car drivers can benefit from this feature.

What is AEB?

AEB is also known as assisted braking and is a braking feature that is increasingly becoming available in new models. AEB is a technological system that is placed in cars to assist drivers to break when the sensors pick up upcoming obstacles or hazard when the driver doesn’t respond and helps them avoid collisions.

How can drivers benefit from AEB?

The main purpose of the AEB safety feature in cars is to reduce accidents and help reduce injuries, more so when a driver is temporarily distracted or unable to react timeously. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program ranks such features as one of the features that can increase the number of stars a car receives.

However, a recent analysis by ANCAP revealed that out of the top 100 selling light vehicles, 55 did not have this feature. This means that consumers that are looking to take advantage of such a feature in light affordable vehicles may find this difficult to do. This could also be influenced by which state that you purchase your car, as the data revealed that there are some states that had a higher number of cars that had AEB features.

What can you do to ensure that you purchase a safe car?

Not everyone will be able to take out a car loan that can help them purchase cars that come with tech-savvy safety features as these cars tend to come with a higher price tag that needs to be considered. However, there are some standard features that ANCAP approves of that all cars to should have to ensure that occupants of a car are protected. Some of these features are:

  • Airbags
  • Antilock braking systems (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Functioning seat belts
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners that help prevent or manage the forces of impact

These basic features can be compared among new or used vehicles. It is important that you test whether the car is structural sound.

Additional considerations

If you are planning on purchasing a used car, running a history check on your car can give you information on how many times the car has been serviced and whether it has been involved in accidents. ANCAP also allows you to run a safety rating on both used and new cars to see what the vehicle rates as in terms of its safety.

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