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Europe wants Brake Assist as standard by 2009

EC wants Brake Assist

The European Commission wants all cars sold in the European Union to be equipped with Brake Assist

as

standard by 2009.

The executive arm of the EU could save more than 1000 lives every year, believes the EU, by slashing the stopping

distance of cars.

The move follows EC plans to introduce stability control as standard on all new cars sold in the EU by 2012, following

similar moves in the US.

Emergency Brake Assist uses sensors to detect panic braking and applies maximum braking pressure automatically.

Brake Assist systems have been pioneered by Daimler-Benz and are currently used on a small number of premium

cars.

European countries and the European Parliament will have to pass the law for it to come into effect.