One in three registered inner-city accidents happens at a speed of less than 30 kilometers per hour.
Road crash data collected by the GIDAS (German In-Depth Accident Study) shows that in Germany approximately 30% of the drivers in rear-end collisions involving injuries did not use their brakes prior to the collision, and that almost every second driver failed to use full braking power.
Continental has developed an emergency brake assist system that automatically triggers full emergency braking immediately before a collision takes place if the driver fails to react.
Emergency brake assist systems can prevent about 40% of all injury related accidents according to the German Insurers’ Accident Research (UDV). UDV director Siegfried Brockmann explains that “emergency brake assist systems follow directly behind ESC, or electronic stability control, as the top two driver assistance systems with the greatest potential.
According to our calculations, if every vehicle was to be fitted with such a system – even without the pedestrian detection function – this would still prevent two percent of the fatalities, eight percent of the severely injured victims, and 31 percent of those with minor injuries. This potential becomes much greater in interaction with reliable pedestrian and vehicle standstill detection.”
Emergency brake assist helps in other inner-city driving situations as well. Volvo’s “City Safety” system, which is fitted in the Volvo XC60 and based on a distance sensor made by Continental, was rated with a “good” overall score by ADAC, the German Automobile Association. Some car insurers meanwhile reward their customers by granting cheaper premiums for such driver assistance systems.