Auto-safety tech spreads in the UK image

With more and more semi-autonomous safety system emerging each year, more than half of UK’s new cars are now sold with such technologies on board.

Until full self-driving cars will be deployed on the streets, automakers are constantly developing related safety systems, offering them as optional features at the moment. Customers are also embracing these technologies, as many of them are ticking the right boxes when they buy a new car. Data from the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and JATO Dynamics shows that more than 1.5 million cars registered in 2015 on British roads were fitted with safety-enhancing collision warning systems, with other technologies such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitoring also surging in popularity.

Techs that are rapidly becoming more commonplace also include collision warning systems, which monitor the space ahead of the car using radar and cameras to provide obstacle warnings. These were fitted to 58.1 percent of Britain’s record new car market last year – whether as standard or a cost option. In contrast, just five years ago collision warning featured on only 6.8 percent of new cars registered. Autonomous emergency braking, which automatically applies the brakes to avoid or reduce the effects of an impact should the driver fail to react, was fitted to more than 1 million, or 39 percent, of all new cars registered, with 18 percent of buyers getting the safety tech as standard.

Blind spot monitoring was a feature of more than a third of new cars, while adaptive cruise control, which automatically adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead, was fitted to almost a third, or 31.7 percent.