11 Apr 2019
Stop the Crash Partnership welcomes new EU & UN Global standards for AEB crash avoidance systems

The life-saving benefits of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems will be demonstrated today at the Sixth Global Meeting of Road Safety NGOs in Chania, Crete. Over 270 participants from 76 countries, will participate in live demonstrations of this crash avoidance technology organised by the #StopTheCrash Partnership.

With the support of the European Parliament and Council, AEB with pedestrian detection has now been included in the European Commission’s latest package of road safety measures. To be applied from 2021, along with Intelligent Speed Assistance, the vehicle safety requirements will help avoid 25,000 deaths and 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. In parallel the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations has now developed a draft international standard for AEB that will make it far easier for countries around the world to also mandate this life saving technology.

David Ward, Chairman of the #StopTheCrash Partnership said:

“Life saving technologies such as AEB have the potential to help avoid thousands of deaths and serious injuries every year. The Stop the Crash Partnership congratulates and strongly supports the European Commission’s mandating of AEB as part of a package of new vehicle safety measures. The most important road safety legislation in Europe for twenty years.

“NGO road safety delegates from across the world gather in Crete this week. They will be able to experience for themselves the potential life-saving benefits of AEB and we hope they will join us in advocating for these crash avoidance systems to be made available on vehicles worldwide.”

 

Editor’s Note:

Led by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (part of the Towards Zero Foundation), the #StopTheCrash Partnership includes the ADAC, Bosch, Consumers International, Continental, Denso, ITT, Thatcham Research, Veoneer, and ZF.

All are united in their shared commitment to promote advanced vehicle safety technologies in support of the UN’s Global Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB is an advanced safety technology that can help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles or vulnerable road users. AEB systems use forward looking radar, cameras or optical sensors or a combination of these sensors to help quickly and accurately detect impeding vehicles, pedestrians and potentially other obstacles. AEB helps provide constant monitoring of the road ahead and is designed to assist the driver by automatically applying the brakes if they do not respond in an imminent crash situation. AEB currently exists in three formats: City, Inter Urban and Pedestrian.

For EU General Safety Regulation, including AEB see: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1793_en.htm

For UN draft AEB standard see: http://www.unece.org/?id=51189