Volkswagen vans given AEB as standard

Volkswagen vans AEB

Commercial vehicles branch claims to be the first to offer automatic emergency braking as standard across its range

Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles arm is to fit all of its future vehicles with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard. 

The Caddy, Transporter and Crafter will all be fitted with the system from 1 June; a first in the industry, Volkswagen claims. 

It’s the latest in a string of moves to standardise the system across the industry; the latest Euro NCAP crash tests requires an effective system to score the maximum points; cars without crash avoidance technologies such as AEB or lane keep assist are penalised, and it’s increasingly uncommon for a car to not be fitted with the system. 

VW, along with Volvo and Mazda, offer the systems as standard, which can translate to a reduction in insurance premiums of around 10% for cars fitted, according to Thatcham Research. 

Peter Shaw, Chief Executive at Thatcham Research, said: ‘It is shocking that AEB, a proven lifesaving technology, has not been widely available to van owners or drivers until now. We call upon all vehicle manufacturers to follow Volkswagen’s lead, and fit AEB as standard across all their light commercial vehicles as soon as possible.’

Thatcham expects AEB systems to save the lives of more than 100 people, and prevent injuries on a further 120,000 in the next ten years. 

Source: Autocar Online

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