Nearly 70% of cars now come with automated safety features; these are predicted to save 2500 lives by 2025

The growing amount of advanced autonomous safety systems fitted to cars has helped to drive down the number road accidents in the UK by 10% in just five years, the Society of Motor Traders & Manufacturers (SMMT) has said.

New data published by the SMMT and JATO shows that 66.8% of new cars come available with automated safety technology, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB).

These systems, featured on 1.8 million new cars sold in Britain over the last year, are having such an impact that they're expected to reduce the number of serious accidents by 25,000, saving an estimated 2500 lives, by 2030.

Aside from AEB, the list of new technology that's said to vastly decrease the chances of road accidents includes collision warning systems, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection systems.

It's also estimated that 250,000 new cars feature autonomous parking technology, which has driven down the number of incidents occurring when cars are being parked.

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SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Safety is the number one priority for vehicle manufacturers and the pace of technological change is faster than ever before, with driver assistance technologies now available on the majority of vehicles.

“Fully autonomous cars may still be some way off, but millions of consumers are already enjoying the benefits of new technology that can only help make our roads safer."

Aside from the safety benefits, the SMMT said the tech is also helping to save the nation £40 billion in costs, these including reduced insurance payouts and premiums. It said that the overall UK economic benefit this enables amounts to £51.4 billion.

A driver for the increased number of cars produced with autonomous safety tech has been Euro NCAP, which now only awards five-star ratings to cars with AEB fitted as standard.

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22 January 2018

This is great news. Although cue some bigot with something along the lines of “I don’t trust it.... 2001 Space Odyssey.... no-one drives their car as good as what I can drive it... blah blah”. Likely posted whilst driving.

22 January 2018

It's already saving us £51.4 billion ? Lies, damn lies and statistics. I'm also dubious about the statement that safety is the number one priority for car manufacturers...

22 January 2018

The way folk park I can only say thank God this task can now be given over to auto parking systems. However, my question is, how and when will the fat insurance thieves deliver the reductions in premiums? Maybe autocar can cast around with a Fake Car and ask. Finally of course I have to say - I do hate the thought of too much being taken away from me. But Tills, please, some of us do in fact drive better. As an ex rally driver, driven in over 70 countries just about anything with a steering wheel and brakes, I think I can manage most things. The chore of parking for me is a challenge I enjoy since I was 17. Lookking for the smallest spot to get it in just for fun and good driver management

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22 January 2018

Cut-down "accidents in the UK by 10% in just five years.", and just how is that figure derived?

" saving an estimated 2500 lives, by 2030." I thought there are around 1900 deaths a year in UK, so does that mean autonomous vehicles will be responsible for an extra 600 lives a year?

This story is just another way for SMMT to push autonomous stories

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 January 2018
xxxx wrote:

Cut-down "accidents in the UK by 10% in just five years.", and just how is that figure derived?

" saving an estimated 2500 lives, by 2030." I thought there are around 1900 deaths a year in UK, so does that mean autonomous vehicles will be responsible for an extra 600 lives a year?

This story is just another way for SMMT to push autonomous stories

Saving 2500 lives by 2030. That's 2500 lives saved in 12 years. That's 208 lives saved every year.

It seems perfectly simple to me.

22 January 2018
beechie wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Cut-down "accidents in the UK by 10% in just five years.", and just how is that figure derived?

" saving an estimated 2500 lives, by 2030." I thought there are around 1900 deaths a year in UK, so does that mean autonomous vehicles will be responsible for an extra 600 lives a year?

This story is just another way for SMMT to push autonomous stories

Saving 2500 lives by 2030. That's 2500 lives saved in 12 years. That's 208 lives saved every year. It seems perfectly simple to me.

..how many did it save in 2017? and how many will save in 2030? The figures are just plucked from the sky and it's just to create an article to promote Total Automous rubbish which no will want to pay for anyway.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 January 2018

Maybe. But it could also be a result of more speed limits, increased congestion slowing traffic, road improvements, reduced number of young drivers, the way accidents are reported, or even changes in the weather (we haven't had a really bad winter of late).

And anyway, a reduction of 10% is probably not statistically significant given the natural variance. I don't think any conclusions can be drawn from this. 

22 January 2018

Firstly, the headline says 70% of new cars come with automated safety features, the story says it's 66.8% - get it right. Also, not everyone drives around in a new car, and not all of those new cars will have been specced up with the additional safety options. New car sales are actually down, right?

The claim that autopark systems have 'driven down' parking accidents is just a guess - does anybody actually use them?

And the claim that 'millions' of consumers are enjoying autonomous technology right now is about as pie in the sky as you can get, unless adaptive cruise control comes under that heading. Does somebody at the SMMT have a vested interest in an autonomous tech company or what?

And insurance premiums are going down because of all this are they....? The BBC this morning were running an item discussing how much they'd gone UP.

22 January 2018

One thing that never gets mentioned by Automous fans is speed. I presume your self driving S class Mercedes will never go above 70 despite it being 3 AM with no traffic on the M4. You'll be shouting "do 75 for god's sake" and it'll just answer back "I not allowed to break the law sir, please sit back and rearrange your diary" 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 January 2018
xxxx wrote:

One thing that never gets mentioned by Automous fans is speed. I presume your self driving S class Mercedes will never go above 70 despite it being 3 AM with no traffic on the M4. You'll be shouting "do 75 for god's sake" and it'll just answer back "I not allowed to break the law sir, please sit back and rearrange your diary" 

Autonomous vehicles will end up causing more stress than if you actually drove it yourself.

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