The technological equivalent of a guardian angel is making its way to every car sold in North America.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) increases the pressure applied to brakes to reduce stopping distance–it can even apply the brakes before the driver does. AEB technology has been a standard inclusion for all vehicles sold within the European Union since 2009.
One Canadian insurance company–Aviva Canada–offers a price break on vehicle policies with AEB.
“Automatic emergency braking is quickly becoming a key feature in preventing collisions and reducing their severity. This means less repair costs and more importantly, fewer injuries,” said Jason Storah, Aviva Canada’s executive vice president of broker distribution. “It’s simple – our customers who choose vehicles with features that help prevent collisions, or reduce their impact, will pay less for their insurance coverage.”
How it works
As the name indicates, Automatic Emergency Braking can operate independently of the driver, though authorities stress the safety feature isn’t a replacement for attentive driving.
AEB and driver assist technologies often include forward collision warning, a system of radar, sensors or lasers monitors the surrounding landscape and alerts the driver when trouble’s ahead.
The cues might be a vibration, light, chime, or a mix of all three. The driver assist technologies will engage automatically if the person at the wheel doesn’t respond fast enough.