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According to a Bosch evaluation based on the 2014 registration statistics, one in five newly registered passenger cars in 2014 are equipped with lane assist systems and emergency braking systems.

Driver assistance systems are playing an increasingly greater role when it comes to purchasing a car and the importance of lane assist and automatic emergency braking systems in particular have grown significantly. According to a Bosch evaluation based on the 2014 registration statistics, one in five of the nearly three million newly registered passenger cars in Germany last year were equipped with such systems. By way of comparison, the evaluation for 2013 revealed that the two assistance systems featured in only one in ten new cars. “Driver assistance systems can only make traffic safer if they are widely used,” Bosch board of management member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel said. In Germany alone, up to 72 percent of rear-end collisions resulting in injury could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with an emergency braking system. According to Bosch accident research, lane keeping support can prevent up to 28 percent of accidents resulting in injury that are caused by drivers accidentally leaving their lanes. In 2014, according to the Bosch study, one in two (52 percent) newly registered cars in Germany was equipped with parking assistance systems, which makes them the most common assistance system in new cars.

The added degree of safety that driver assistance systems provide is one key reason for their growing popularity. Automatic emergency braking systems in particular are also benefiting from the new Euro NCAP ratings scheme. From 2016, new vehicles must have a predictive pedestrian protection feature if automakers wish to receive the European consumer association’s top five-star rating. Driven by changes to the testing specifications and fostered by decreasing costs, an increasing number of modern passenger cars are equipped with sensors that monitor their surroundings. The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also announced last month that beginning with model year 2018, the agency will update its 5-Star Rating System to include automatic emergency braking as a recommended safety technology.