The all-new Skoda Fabia range launching in July is shaping up as among the safest cars in the light-car class, with the Czech brand’s local arm this week confirming it will offer low-speed autonomous braking (AEB) as a standard feature.
Low-speed autonomous braking — or Front Assist with City Emergency Braking in Skoda parlance — uses radar to measure the gap between an object ahead, and progressively intervenes if the driver doesn’t respond appropriately as it closes.
First it flashes, then it beeps and primes the brakes, and then it brakes the car automatically if the driver doesn’t respond. It works between 5km/h and 30km/h — ideal for the inner-city surrounds that serve as the Fabia’s natural habitat.
As we have reported, a recent report from Euro NCAP and ANCAP, the independent safety bodies for Europe and Australasia, stated that the low-speed technology leads to a 38 per cent reduction in real-world, rear-end crashes.
The addition of AEB to the Fabia will ensure it is among the cheapest cars you can buy with the technology, perhaps even the cheapest. The tiny Volkswagen Up offered the technology, but that’s now discontinued.
The Fabia is a five-star Euro NCAP-rated car, and tops its class.
The new Fabia arrives in July. Full local specifications are not yet known publicly, though the ones we have driven in Europe came with Apple Carplay and Android Mirrorlink, which will be offered in Australia — hopefully from launch.