12 March 2019

Organisations that are re-evaluating their fleets now have more choice than ever before. Technological advancements mean that cars and vans are more intuitive to drive, more fuel-efficient and above all, safer, than their older counterparts.

In this article, we explore Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and how it can have a significant impact on the way fleet managers and their company operate their fleet.

What is AEB?

AEB is a system that is built into newer models of vehicles and monitors the traffic and road conditions for signs that an accident or hazardous situation might happen.

How does AEB work?

The way AEB works does differ slightly depending on the make and model of the vehicle, but the same principle applies to all.

Each AEB system uses LIDAR (light detection and ranging) and/or camera sensors to help prevent potential accidents.

The system makes a decision on whether a potentially hazardous situation is about the happen by analysing the vehicle speed, trajectory and other road users. If a situation is detected, the vehicle will warn the driver so they can take action. But if the driver doesn’t respond, then the vehicle will take over and brakes will be applied automatically.

Why is AEB so important for fleets?

As AEB reduces the likelihood of collisions, it has the potential to reduce the overall cost of an organisation’s vehicle fleet.

Research by Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP has highlighted that AEB leads to a 38% reduction in real-world rear-end crashes. As 75% of all collisions occur at speeds below 25mph in urban environments,

This is particularly important if organisations are looking to expand into urban areas, or have drivers that regularly drive in cities during their working days and commutes.

Not only that, but vehicles fitted with AEB could be lowered by up to five insurance group places, which could result in substantial savings for larger fleets.

What do manufacturers call AEB?

As with all manufacturers, the technology might be similar, but some have rebranded AEB to fit with their own company messaging. Examples include:

  • Audi – Pre sense front/Pre sense city
  • BMW – Frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation
  • Chrysler – Full speed forward collision warning plus
  • Fiat – Full speed forward collision warning with active braking
  • Honda – Collision mitigation braking system/Honda Sensing
  • Mercedes-Benz – Collision prevention assist plus/Active braking assist
  • Nissan – Forward emergency braking

The list goes on, but one fact remains: each manufacturer is focusing on improving the safety standards of their vehicles, which can only benefit organisations and their drivers.

What other safety technology is in development?

In 2017, EURO NCAP published a report that it expects driver monitoring, automatic emergency steering, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data exchange to be fitted on all new cars by 2024.

These developments may have a larger cost associated with them, but the long-term gains, both in terms off safety and cost reduction, far outweigh the initial outlay.

Further reading

To find out more about improving safety within a fleet, take a look at the articles listed below.

In summary, investing in AEB can help meet Duty of Care requirements and could result in a reduction in repair and insurance premium costs. If a vehicle needs to be replaced or upgraded in an existing fleet, then fleet managers should consider opting for a vehicle with the highest safety rating possible.

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