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Establishing a testing capability for the assessment of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) in Australia
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and forward collision warning (FCW) systems are increasingly being developed and introduced into the Australian vehicle fleet. These active safety systems are designed to detect potential collisions and alert the driver and/or apply the brakes of the vehicle to minimize the severity of the collision or stop it from occurring at all. The potential for these technologies to reduce crash speeds or eliminate the crash altogether is substantial and they are predicted to result in a significant reduction in road trauma. However, not all AEB/FCW systems operate in the same way or provide the same level of benefit to the road user. Different systems utilise different types of sensors, operate at different speeds/ranges, and respond to critical situations in different ways. It is therefore important that AEB/FCW systems made available in Australia can be tested and rated for effectiveness. This paper summarises the development of an AEB/FCW evaluation capability by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research. Preliminary results obtained during the testing of an AEB system currently available in Australia are presented.