The Caddy, Crafter and Transporter will all be fitted with the system from 1 June. Volkswagen claims that this is a first in the industry.
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 AEB system to score maximum points, and cars without crash avoidance technologies such as AEB or lane-keeping assist are penalised. As a result, it’s increasingly uncommon for new cars to not be fitted with the system.
Peter Shaw, CEO at Thatcham Research, said: "It's 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 to a further 120,000 in the next ten years.