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New Car Buyers Embrace Autonomous Safety Technology


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New Car Buyers Embrace Autonomous Safety Technology

Over half of new cars sold in 2015 included autonomous safety technology according to recently released figures.

The Society of Motor Manfacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports that 1.5 million buyers of new vehicles opted for a collision warning system which is an increase of 58 per cent year on year.

More than a quarter of purchasers – 27 per cent – had the system fitted as an additional extra, while 31 per cent included the technology as a standard feature in the price of the car.

The SMMT, of which Sell Your Jamjar is proud to be a member of, says that collision warning systems were included in only 7 per cent of registered new cars five years ago.

This latest news demonstrates that more and more new car buyers are embracing semi-autonomous systems.

Driverless cars already look like they are set to become a reality with tests to take place on a small number of roads next year.

The SMMT believes that serious accidents could fall by more than 25 per cent, which would save around 2,500 lives every year by 2030, if driverless car technology is introduced.

Autonomous emergency braking is also popular with 39 per cent of cars opting for this feature last year, while 32 per cent decided to add blind spot monitoring and also 32 per cent included adaptive cruise control.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Fully driverless cars are still a long way off from everyday use, but this data shows advanced autonomous technology is already making its way into the majority of new cars.

"Connected and autonomous cars will transform our society – vastly improving safety and reducing congestion and emissions – and will contribute billions to the economy.

"The UK is already earning a reputation as a global development hub in this field, thanks to significant industry and government investment and the ability to trial these cars on the roads right now."

 

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