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Multi-Car Collisions Consigned To History?

Thatcham Champions Automatic Braking Systems

Thatcham Research has claimed that multi-car collisions could be a thing of the past – or at the very least mitigated – by 2030 thanks to automatic braking systems. This technology scans the road ahead then calculates the required stopping distance to hazards such as traffic. Information can come via laser, radar, or video. If the system concludes that the distance is approaching critical relative to the vehicle's speed - perhaps because the motorist has failed to notice the hazard – it can warn the driver via a beep or flashing light. He/she can then respond. However, if the motorist fails to react the system performs a full emergency stop to avoid or reduce the severity of the impact. Widespread use of this technology might have prevented a recent pile-up on the Isle of Sheppey which involved about one-hundred and thirty vehicles and two-hundred people. 

Thatcham Representative Discusses Automatic Braking Systems

Peter Shaw, Chief Executive of Thatcham Research, said: “Our thoughts go out to all those injured or traumatised by this terrible crash. We know all to well the effects of such collisions, and ultimately it is the aim of all those in the insurance and vehicle design sectors to make death or injury on the roads a thing of the past. In recent years, great strides have been made by vehicle manufacturers in making stronger, safer, cars. The evidence from our testing is undeniable and combined with a growing body of real world research and evidence we firmly believe that AEB (autonomous emergency braking) and other ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems) have a critical role to play in avoiding both common low-speed shunts that can cause injuries such as whiplash, and mitigating some of the horrendous injuries and fatalities that we see as result of higher speed pile-ups.”

Cars With Automatic Braking Systems

About twenty percent of new vehicles in the UK are available with an automatic braking system. These include the SEAT Mii (city car), Volkswagen up! (city car), Volvo XC60 (four-wheel-drive), Volkswagen Golf (small family car) and the Ford Focus (small family car). As such, this technology is not reserved for expensive vehicles and is likely to become common in the near future. Surely, it is only a matter of time before every new vehicle has this safety feature. As such Euro NCAP – which awards star ratings based on new vehicle safety features – will begin evaluating such systems next year. Roll-on 2030.


Robert, my prophecy was for the future as you can see the way that the EU are thinking, the EU is running our country and we have to abide by their rules, it's rumoured that new tyre laws are to be brought in leaving more tread on the tyre, it will be law and we will have to comply. Just look ahead to the future, the technology to take away motoring enjoyment has already been developed and it is being perfected by interested parties who can sell the ideas and make lots of dosh in royalties, it's all about money, and the motorist will pay. Lots of politicians both in the EU and at home and many other investors who have interests in the companies who will construct the ancillaries etc will push for implementation of the new technology under the name of safety. It was the Car hating Labour Government who instigated speed bumps, and the revenue raising cameras, and the motorists meekly accepted it because they called them safety cameras, Transponders which can read a signal from your car and clock up a fee when you enter a road is here and is available, inevitably it will be set in place when our roads have been sold off to foreign governments and venture companies, the British motorist will eventually be conned into accepting it, but most probably they won't have a choice. The Labour Government used the motorist as a cash cow and nothings changed, we have petrol and diesel at an all time high, and its the only product I know which shoots up in price on rumours, never a shortage, but its in the interest of all the investors, the fuel companies and the government to push up the price, as always the motorist will pay.

Re: comment above @ 17/09/2013 14:10:14 - Where does it say anywhere in this article that the EU will enforce this on us? Is it the EU who has enforced speed bumps in jus5t about all our towns throughout the UK? NO!

Sorry message should have read!!! If the system keeps a suitable gap appropriate to your speed won't some muppet slide into the gap? The system will see this and drop back accordingly, the next muppet will then do the same and eventually you will end up in reverse. Spell checkers will be the death of me!

If the system leases a suitable gap appropriate to your speed won't some muppet slide into the gap? The system will see this and drop back accordingly, the next muppet will then do the same and eventually you will end up in reverse!

My wife and I purchased the new MAZDA CX5 when it first became available in the UK and due to it being fitted with smart city brake support our insurers reduced our insurance premium by almost £100 to what we were previously paying on our MAZDA 6.

Big Brother has decided that cars will follow each other at a set speed controlled by ECU's and Lazar beams, this type of technology will be accepted by nervous drivers who do not really like driving, but dare not admit it, and the days of driving for pleasure are numbered if this sort of technology is enforced rather than offered as an option. Unfortunately our faceless masters in the EU who we did not vote for will enforce it under the guise of safety, and if you think motor insurance will go down, think again!!!!

I have driven a truck with this system in place and whilst it gives you confidence it is not infallible and you still need to be on the ball. You can set the distance from the vehicle in front dependent on the road conditions and it keeps you a comfortable distance away. As for the comment about driving faster in the fog i suppose their will always be the suicidal ones amongst us. It is a very useful tool linked in with the cruise control and works fairly effectively.

Good, maybe it can stop bloody tail gaiters from driving up my ass when there's nowhere to go in front of me.

Don't you mean separated not separated.

Michael Martin, there is nobody more irritating than people pointing out other people's incorrect grammar. p.s that's a long statement from you, surely it should be seperated into paragraphs should it not? now eff off you muppet

This is great, My insurance premium must surely drop like a ton of bricks. If I do manage the ram someone from behind it will now NOT be my fault but a system failure. It should also put the end to CRASH for CASH scams!

This is great, it means I can go even faster in foggy conditions!

Dear Stephen, After reading many of your articles, I have found that your liberal misuse of the expression "As such" really irritates me. And, after reading another article recently, it appears that such misuse is rubbing off on (at least) one of your colleagues. Do you not have an editor to point you in the right direction? In the hope of stemming the spread of the disease, I have finally felt moved to offer some grammatical assistance. Most of the time, a suitable adverb would be perfectly adequate to start your sentence after your initial assertion/observation, e.g. Accordingly, Therefore, However. When you write "As such", the word "such" is acting as a pronoun referring to the object with the specific characteristics you described in the previous sentence. It might help to think of it as a shorthand form of the phrase, "Being an {object} such a this". So an acceptable use might be as follows:- "The boy was unwell. As such, he was reluctant to play football." Here, the long-hand for "As such" might be, "Being a boy who was unwell". However, in your latest article, the following use is incorrect:- "Surely, it is only a matter of time before every new vehicle has this safety feature. As such[,] Euro NCAP ...will begin evaluating such systems next year." This suggests that NCAP itself is a vehicle with this safety feature! I hope my comments have helped and I look forward to seeing many of your informative articles in the future being peppered with a variety of adverbs.:-)

this is ok if the car behind you also has it fitted otherwise it could run in to the back of you when your car applys the brakes