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Personal Injury Lawyer – introducing Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems

In 2009 Volvo introduced autonomous braking systems into car manufacturing. These systems involve the use of sensors such as a lasers and cameras to identify the risk of crashing, and automatically applying brakes where a collision appears imminent.

Recent research has shown cars with this technology can prevent collision with vehicles in front of them by up to 38%. Rear end crashes could be reduced by 35% and their severity minimised by 53%.

Autonomous braking is becoming mandatory in many parts of Europe and the US, however it remains an optional inclusion for the Australian vehicle manufacturing market. Out of the top 100 selling cars in Australia last year, only 13 had autonomous emergency braking.

However, from 1 January 2018 vehicles will only receive a 5-star ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) safety rating if they are fitting with an autonomous braking system.

Findings previously gathered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that systems warning the driver of an imminent collision without intervening in braking also reduce crashes by 23 per cent.

These systems alert the driver by providing warnings of potential dangers including forward crashes, pedestrians and cyclists, lane departure, and headway monitoring (vehicles traveling in front of the driver).

For the 12 months ended April 2017 there were 1235 people killed on Australian roads, with 5.1 people per every 100,000 dying in a road accident.

If you or someone you know is injured in a car accident, it is important obtain advice from an expert personal injury lawyer / car accident lawyer as soon as possible. This will ensure the injured person’s rights are protected and evidence is obtained as early as possible to enable the success of their claim.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers can provide practical solutions and exceptional results in relation to your compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. Call 1300 773 529 or email a personal injury lawyer at We can then arrange an initial telephone conference to discuss.

Matthews Folbigg has over 50 years’ experience protecting personal injury and compensation rights of people living in Parramatta and the Hills.