Published: December 22, 2015 | Stuttgart
ADAS features are playing an increasingly greater role when it comes to purchasing a car. The importance of lane assist and automatic emergency braking systems in particular has grown significantly. According to a Bosch evaluation based on the 2014 registration statistics, one in five of the nearly three million newly registered passenger cars in Germany last year were equipped with ADAS. By way of comparison, the evaluation for 2013 revealed that the two assistance systems featured in only one in ten new cars.
In Germany alone, up to 72 percent of rear-end collisions resulting in injury could be prevented if all vehicles were equipped with an emergency braking system. According to Bosch accident research, lane keeping support can prevent up to 28 percent of accidents resulting in injury that are caused by drivers accidentally leaving their lanes.
For the first time, Bosch included parking assistance systems in its evaluation. They include parking aids based on ultrasonic sensors, which use acoustic signals to inform drivers of the distance between the vehicle and obstacles while parking, as well as reversing cameras and parking assistants.
The latter also take control of the steering when parking, while the driver remains in charge of accelerating and braking. In 2014, according to the Bosch study, one in two (52 percent) newly registered cars in Germany was equipped with parking assistance systems, which makes them the most common assistance system in new cars.
Parking assistance systems are very popular outside Germany as well. In 2014, every second new car (50 percent) in Belgium as well as the Netherlands also came equipped with such systems, which are also found in 19 percent of newly registered passenger cars in the United Kingdom. Automatic emergency braking systems are even more common in Belgium than in Germany.
One in four newly registered passenger cars there support drivers with braking when encountering an obstacle. In the Netherlands, 17 percent of new cars are capable of providing such support, while the same is true of eleven percent in Spain and five percent in the United Kingdom. A look at the other EU countries with respect to lane keeping support reveals that 14 percent of new cars in Belgium in 2014 were equipped with such a system, eleven percent in the Netherlands, nine percent in Spain, and six percent in the United Kingdom.