Summary of “‘The most significant development since the safety belt'”

One reason for the Volvo’s success is that it was an early leader in the use of camera and radar systems to warn drivers about hazards on the road. These systems now automatically bring the car to a stop if it gets too close to another vehicle.
Thatcham Research calls AEB the most significant development since the safety belt.
AEB has been shown to reduce such collisions by 38%, according to research by the safety organisation Euro NCAP. “AEB is definitely reducing crash frequency. No question about it,” says Matthew Avery, research director at Thatcham.
For the foreseeable future most cars on the road will not carry AEB, so drivers will need to be fully aware of other vehicles, and the dangers they pose.
Overall, one in three cars on sale in the UK comes with AEB, and a further one in three has it as an option.
Matthew Avery advises consumers to buy a car with AEB as standard, since that offers the best safety.
Other safety systemsAdaptive Cruise Control ACC: unlike standard cruise control, this uses radar or cameras to maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front Reverse AEB: if you are about to reverse into a moving car or a pedestrian, this warns you and brakes automatically if there is no response.
Autonomous Emergency Steering: currently under development, it automatically steers you away from another car that is on track to hit your vehicle.

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