Automatic emergency braking has problems detecting pedestrians

Testing Photo - Collision with Two Adults Standing at Roadside (2)More and more cars now have AEB – automatic emergency braking (it is now an essential requirement to get a five-star crash rating in Australia). Some say they can detect pedestrians.  David Brown says it’s not that simple.

New research from the American Automobile Association reveals that the pedestrian detection aspects of automatic emergency braking systems perform inconsistently, and proved to be completely ineffective at night.

Testing also found that when a vehicle was turning and came across a pedestrian, the systems did not react at all, colliding with the adult pedestrian target every time.

Clearly further development is necessary and this raises issues of informing the public about variations and limitations in these systems.

On average, nearly 6,000 pedestrians die, on American roads each year, accounting for 16% of all traffic deaths, a percentage that has steadily grown since 2010 and 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark.


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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto