Evaluation of anti-lock braking systems effectiveness.

Burton, D. Delaney, A. Newstead, S. Logan, D. & Fildes, B.

A literature review of advanced technology braking systems and vehicle stability control systems available or under development around the world was undertaken. An analysis was also performed on local data sources to assess potential safety benefits in Australia. The findings from this review were somewhat inconclusive. Some evidence suggested that vehicles equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) were involved in fewer crashes with opposing, adjacent or same direction vehicles compared to non-ABS fitted cars but were over-involved in run-off-the-road crashes. The analyses performed on local data suggested that ABS may have had some benefit in reducing injury severity to vehicle occupants in some specific models but these findings were rather weak and inconsistent. Preliminary evidence suggested that Electronic Stability Programs (ESP), currently gaining popularity in new vehicles, are having a very positive influence on safety with claims of reductions in crashes and injuries by up to 35 per cent. More comprehensive data that allow the effectiveness of ESP in improving safety in all surface conditions and for all types of crash configuration are required. (Author/publisher)

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C 36476 [electronic version only] /91 / ITRD E213851

Noble Park, Victoria, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), 2004, VI + 49 p., 49 ref.; Research Report No. 04/01 - ISBN 1-875963-39-1

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