The European New Car Assesment Programme (Euro NCAP) and the Australasian New Car Assesment Programme (ANCAP) has released a study which proves that the low speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) reduces rear-end collisions.

The study gathered data from Australia as well as five European countries and showed a 38-percent overall reduction in real-world, rear-end crashes for vehicles fitted with low speed AEB compared to those without. The Euro NCAP and the ANCAP adds that there was no statistical difference found between urban (above 60 km/h) and rural (below 60 km/h) speed zones.

Swedish Transport Administration Dr. Anders Lie said that this study proves the level of effectiveness of low speed AEB.

“The meta-analysis approach used in this analysis is a unique academic contribution to the evaluation of vehicle safety technologies internationally and proved to be reliable with robust findings. Clearly, at this level of effectiveness, low speed AEB is potentially an important active safety technology and widespread fitment through the vehicle fleet should be encouraged in the interest of improved vehicle safety,” Lie said.

Autonomous Emergency Braking is one of the safety technologies that is becoming increasingly common on modern passenger cars. Previous studies have predicted the benefits of AEB but, there has been little evidence until now.