Design School


Emergency Braking Systems

Group: Behavioural Safety Research Group

Project: Effectiveness of low speed autonomous emergency braking in real-world rear-end crashes


Pete Thomas



This project used international road crash data and a new coordinated induced exposure meta-analysis to evaluate the real-world effectiveness of low speed Autonomous Braking Systems. The project concluded that in the UK the systems resulted in a 38% reduction of front to rear collisions in urban areas.

 As a result of this analysis EuroNCAP have now included test protocols to confirm the operation of AEB systems in new cars. In practise this means that all new cars sold in Europe now must be equipped with effective AEB systems.

Find out more about Professor Pete Thomas' research