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For the first time in Africa, the #StopTheCrash Partnership hosted live demonstrations of crash avoidance technologies at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg. They were supported by the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa, with a special focus on life-saving technologies.

“While vehicles in South Africa meet minimum standards, we again highlight the fact that for us, the minimum is not good enough and more needs to be done to protect road users. We have an obligation to see this happen,” Sikkie Kajee, Chairman of AA South Africa said.

What are these technologies?

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

This anti-skid technology has already helped prevent hundreds of thousands of loss of control crashes and saved tens of thousands of lives. ESC is the most significant advance in vehicle safety since the introduction of the seat belt and one of the most important crash avoidance systems currently available. On dry, wet, or slippery roads, if the vehicle starts to skid, ESC corrects the slide by reducing engine torque and braking individual wheels to bring the vehicle back on course. The system uses sensors to continuously monitor the stability of the vehicle.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB is an advanced safety technology that can help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles or vulnerable road users. AEB systems use forward-looking radar, cameras or optical sensors or a combination of these sensors to help quickly and accurately detect impeding vehicles, pedestrians and potentially other obstacles. AEB helps provide constant monitoring of the road ahead and is designed to assist the driver by automatically applying the brakes if they do not respond in an imminent crash situation. AEB currently exists in three formats: City, InterUrban and Pedestrian.

Anti-Lock Brakes in Motorcycles (ABS)

ABS for motorcycles prevents wheel lock-up and ensures bike stability as well as optimal deceleration while braking. ABS therefore significantly reduces the risk of falling and reduces stopping distance. On a motorcycle fitted with an anti-lock braking system, the ABS control unit constantly monitors the speed of the wheels using wheel-speed sensors. If a wheel threatens to lock during hard braking or on slippery roads, the anti-lock braking system regulates the braking pressure in a targeted manner, thereby ensuring optimum braking.

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