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New Australian Crash Safety standards from January 1

Changes to the crash safety regulations from January 1 mean that to achieve a maximum five-star ANCAP crash safety rating all new vehicles must be fitted with AEB of autonomous emergency braking. Peugeot were quick to announce they have now included autonomous emergency braking on most of their lineup. The Peugeot safety upgrade includes the small 208 and 308 models, the 3008 SUV and the forthcoming larger 5008 SUV – the only models not covered at present being the sporty 208 and 308 GTi hot hatches. The French car makers AEB system employs a windscreen-mounted camera and depending on model, a front facing radar to determine the risk of a collision with stationary or moving vehicles and pedestrians. Forward collision warning will audibly alert the driver of a potential accident before automatically applying the brakes if appropriate reaction is not taken by the driver. Therefore, impacts are either avoided or lessened in severity by reducing vehicle speed without intervention from the driver. I’m David Berthon

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