Mercedes' Pre-Safe Brake setup has been awarded the best Automous Emergency Braking (AEB) system, in a report conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The AEB system is designed to slow the vehicle, or even stop it completely if it thinks that there is going to be a collision.
Euro NCAP will start to give credit to manufacturers who fit their cars with collision warning and AEB systems in its new vehicle safety rating system set to be rolled out as of January 2014.
The report tested six different cars and their low speed AEB City system, and scored each vehicle between one and three points depending on whether they were good, adequate or marginal, newcarnet.co.uk reports. Among the other cars in the test were the Volvo V40, The Mitsubishi Outlander, and the Ford Focus, who all received a score of two, making them 'adequate'.
Euro NCAP has found that the AEB systems have been proven to reduce rear end crashes by up to 25 per cent, and in turn are likely to reduce insurance premiums and the overall cost of running a vehicle.
Michael van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General told telegraph.co.uk that with the limited number of systems available and tested we can already see the real differences in their performance and expected real world benefit.
Mr Ratingen said: "However, we compliment the manufacturers of the systems in today's launch, whether their system scored good, adequate or marginal, for already offering this technology on their cars and hope that our results will help them to further develop their systems."