Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    More Western Australians choose life-saving vehicle technology

    13/06/2018 12:35 PM
    • ANCAP showcases autonomous emergency braking in Perth
    • Life-saving vehicle technology now available in more vehicles than ever 

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts was today given a firsthand look at life-saving vehicle technology by Australia's independent vehicle safety watchdog.


    In Perth for the first time in seven years, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) board met with the Minister and showcased vehicles available in the Western Australian market with autonomous emergency braking (AEB).


    An AEB system uses sensors to avoid or minimise the impact of a crash by detecting obstructions in the path of the vehicle and automatically applying the brakes if the driver does not respond.


    ANCAP has revealed that the standard inclusion of AEB in new vehicles sold in Australia has increased tenfold from three per cent in December 2015 to 31 per cent today.


    In Western Australia, 27 per cent of new vehicles on the market include AEB as a standard safety feature.


    Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "I welcome the ANCAP Board to Perth for their first board meeting in WA in seven years.


    "It is encouraging to see technology such as AEB becoming increasingly available in new vehicles in the Western Australian market.


    "We know drivers make mistakes on the road, but making cars safer with improved technology could potentially save lives and help drive down road trauma.


    "As advances in technology continue, so too will improvements in vehicle safety design and development.


    "I strongly urge people in the market for a new car to make themselves aware of some of these new safety features and to shop around for them."


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