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Europe pushes for automatic brake tech

The autonomous braking system is not yet available here on the CX-5.

Major European vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP, has highlighted the all-new Mazda CX-5, already rated as one of the best performers in its safety tests, for being at the forefront of its drive to equip all models with life-saving autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The system is not yet available here on the CX-5. 

The European New Car Assessment Program organises crash-tests and provides fleets, company car drivers and private motorists with an independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe.

Now the organisation has called on motor manufacturers to fit AEB as standard on all cars and says that from 2014 it will include the technology in its crash test program star rating. 

Mazda's AEB system that takes over braking control if necessary, is called `Smart City Brake Support' and CX-5 is one of the few models on sale in the UK that has the potentially life-saving technology fitted as standard across the range.

Typically available on more expensive luxury cars, real world performance data suggests AEB systems can reduce accidents by up to 27 per cent, according to Euro NCAP.