In Germany and Europe, many cars already braking themselves in an emergency
According to a Bosch evaluation of 2015 vehicle registration statistics, in critical situations many new vehicles in Germany already brake automatically. The findings indicate that one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) is also very popular among car buyers. In 2015, it was already found in 11% of new vehicles. Parking assistance systems—from parking beepers to parking and steering assist—make parking easier in every second newly registered car in Germany. Sixteen percent of new cars monitor lane changes or independently stay in their lane, and 11% of new vehicles feature camera-based road sign recognition.
In 2015, 3.2 million cars were newly registered in Germany. To conduct its evaluation of driver assistance systems, Bosch used data from the service provider IHS Markit Automotive and the German Federal Motor Transport Authority’s 2015 statistics for newly registered cars. On this basis, the most important vehicle models in each segment were identified. Using the lists of vehicle features, they were examined to determine what driver assistance systems were offered for individual models.
In other European countries, AEB systems are also gaining ground. In 2015, 32% of newly registered cars in the Netherlands were equipped with this kind of braking assistance system. That figure was 30% in Belgium and 16% in Spain. In the United Kingdom, 21% of all new cars sold provided emergency braking support.
One reason for the widespread popularity of automatic emergency braking systems is the Euro NCAP rating scheme, according to Bosch. This kind of assistant is necessary to receive the highest rating of five stars in the consumer protection organization’s vehicle tests.