We’ve just announced that vehicles featuring Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard equipment could help reduce the risk of rear –end collisions and NRMA Insurance customers who have it fitted as standard can enjoy a saving on their car insurance premium.
Our Head of Research Robert McDonald said that - depending on the system – customers whose vehicles have AEB fitted as standard can save up to 15% on new policies or renewals*.
“We are pleased that our customers with AEB can now not only experience the safety benefits of the technology but also a saving as well.
Several vehicle manufacturers now offer AEB, often as part of an options package.
NRMA Insurance only recognises standard fit AEB vehicles, and we hope to offer an incentive to vehicle manufacturers to include this technology as standard rather than an option. This could help reduce the risk of rear-end collisions on our roads and have a positive effect for our customers.” said Mr McDonald
AEB can be known as ‘city brake’ or ‘collision avoidance’ technology. It is a relatively new technology but is fast becoming more popular. Using a laser, radar or camera, or a combination of all three, an AEB system automatically applies brake pressure to potentially prevent crashes at speeds of up to 60km/h.
Some systems can also reduce the collision impact at higher speeds (over 100km/h), helping to either avoid a collision or reduce the severity.
NRMA Insurance is a member of the international research group, RCAR that for a number of years has been helping guide the development of AEB technology as a way of reducing collisions and the cost of insurance premiums.
As Mr McDonald explains, "We believe AEB is a solid advance in driver safety given that it actively helps prevent collisions on our roads and minimise risk to drivers.
Our data shows that around 80 per cent of collisions on our roads are at low speeds so AEB is an important step to help keep drivers safer.
As technology develops, there is the potential to provide more significant safety benefits to customers travelling at higher speeds and even while reversing."
Examples of the current vehicles we recognise are:
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class and some GLA models;
- Subaru Forester, Liberty, Outback (Premium spec. only);
- Volkswagen Up! and Touareg V8; and
- Volvo – all models except XC90.
For more information visit www.iagresearch.com.au/aeb.
*Saving of up to 15% only applies to NRMA Comprehensive Car and Comprehensive Plus Car Insurance.