And far fewer cars go without, too
A report from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is included as standard in 10 times more vehicles than 2015.
There are a few interesting takeaways from the research, but the most significant is this: just six of the top 100 models lines on Australia's sales charts had AEB as standard across the range (from the cheapest to most expensive variant) in 2015, representing just 3.0 per cent of the market, while 37 models in the top 100 offer it today, accounting for 31 per cent of the market.
The study charted whether the potentially life-saving technology is not available, optional, available on higher models, standard or unknown in the 100 best-selling cars in Australia through December 2015, June 2016, June 2017 and March 2018, tracking its rapid uptake.
Note: the above was initially incorrect, but has been updated as of 15/06/2018
According to the research, the number of cars in that pool without AEB in any form or trim has dropped from 67 to 35.
A few caveats apply to the study. Although the top 100 models offered in Australia are covered in the survey, there are a whopping 369 included in VFACTS data. The 269 cars excluded from the survey represent 11 per cent of sales, which means the data isn't 100 per cent representative of the local market.
Differing types or levels of AEB also weren't taken into account, and not all systems are created equal. Where some cars will pull you to a complete stop from upwards of 130km/h, others cut out at 30km/h.
With that said, it does provide a good look at the trends in the wider market. Given it's now a requirement for a five-star ANCAP rating, and is pushing into the light commercial segment too, don't be surprised to see the current growth continue over the next three years.