Car manufacturers are being urged to fit automatic  braking as standard after it was revealed only two per cent of car buyers are choosing to take it as an option.

The shocking figure comes following a recent report by Euro NCAP which found that autonomous braking systems were to thank for a 38 per cent reduction in real-word rear-end crashes in Europe.

Despite that, a mere 17 per cent of UK cars feature the braking technology as standard.

The call for manufacturers to focus on fitting automatic braking as standard is coming from many industry experts, including Thatcham Research, the UK's only NCAP accredited research centre.

Matthew Avery, director of insurance research, at Thatcham said: "Typically, most car buyers are not interested directly in safety systems.

"Most believe all cars to be safe and several surveys have said car buyers are not prepared to pay extra for safety.

"Also, many dealers don't understand what the systems do and often don't have the ability to demonstrate them."

"We would like to see less optional and more standard, as we know optional take-up is only around two per cent. So while the cars are capable of having an AEB system, the manufacturer decides not to make it standard."

According to the report, insurance data from black box recorders suggests that three quarters of collisions occur at below 20mph in the UK.

It's suggested that automatic braking could help cut down on the number of accidents caused by speeding and would also have an impact on lowering insurance premiums.

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Currently car buyers are being made to pay between £180 - £1,300 if they want to take up the option of a autonomous braking system.

Below is a round up of car models that are fitted with autonomous emergency braking as standard:

Audi A3 E-Tron (2014 on)

Audi A4 (2015 on)

BMW 7 Series (2015 on)

BMW i8 (2014 on)

BMW X1 (2015 on)

BMW X5 (Aug 2015)


Honda Civic Tourer

Honda HR-V (July 2015)

Honda Jazz (2015)

Hyundai Genesis (2014 on)

Infiniti Q30

Jaguar F Pace

Jaguar XE (2015 on)

Jaguar XF (2015 on)

Land Rover Discover Sport (2014 on)

Lexus NX (2014 on)

Lexus RX (Nov 2015 on)

Mazda 3 (2014 on)

Mazda CX-7

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2014 on)

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLA (2015 on)

Mercedes-Benz CLS (2014 on)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA (2014 on)

Mercedes Benz (GLC on)

Mercedes-Benz GLE (2015 on)

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014 on)

Range Rover Evoque

Skoda Superb (2014 on)

Tesla Model S

Toyota Avensis (2014 on)

Volkswagen Golf VII

Volvo S60

Volvo S80

Volvo V40

Volvo V60

Volvo V70

Volvo XC60

Volvo XC70

Volvo XC90 (2014 on)

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