VW’s AEB-as-standard fitment in vans lowers insurance rates11 October 2017

A VW van under test at Thatcham Research

Thanks to the standard fitment of advanced autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems on all Volkswagen Crafter vans, insurance group ratings have been reduced by up to four groups; the starting group for Crafter is now 34.

Following successful testing of its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems by Thatcham Research in July, Volkswagen Crafter vans’ insurance group ratings have been reduced by up to four groups.

Earlier this year, Volkswagen became the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans, including the Caddy, Transporter and Crafter models, with AEB (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking).

According to Thatcham, AEB systems are ‘probably the most significant development in vehicle safety since the seat belt’ and have the potential to save more than 1,000 lives and 120,000 casualties over the next ten years.

Not only does autonomous emergency braking have the potential to reduce the number and severity of accidents, it has also been proven to cut third party injury insurance claims by 45%, according to Volkswagen. For van drivers and fleet operators, this means lower costs as well as less downtime thanks to fewer crashes and therefore drivers and vans kept on the road – and working – for longer. In addition, vehicles fitted with autonomous braking systems have an average insurance premium reduction of 10% compared to those which don’t, the German carmaker said.

Will Dalrymple

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