Utes now equipped with autonomous emergency braking

The first ute to enter the Australian market with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) has been given the nod by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class’ AEB system performed well during ANCAP testing, detecting and avoiding crashes with vehicles and pedestrians at low and high speeds.

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ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin described the vehicle’s braking system as a game-changer.

“The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged behind passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended,” Mr Goodwin said.

“It puts pressure on competing brands.”

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said he welcomed any feature which enhanced safety.

“AEB has been increasingly included in cars for a few years now and is a proven way to improve safety of all road users,” Mr Spalding said.

“Utes are used both for family transport and work purposes so it’s important they receive similar levels of safety features as cars and SUVs. We certainly welcome this move by Mercedes and hope it drives other utility manufacturers to follow suit.”