Unacceptability IndexFirst Edition [January 2013] R: 0 Cars are deemed unacceptable if one or more of the following parameters apply to them:
All features must be standard on all models and trim levels unless stated otherwise
Less than 6 airbags
Less than 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating
No Stability Control
Not all disc brakes
Poor interior material qualities
All-plastic interiors are unacceptable only if the plastics are poor quality.
Leather, fabric/other weaves, soft-touch plastics, etc. are all examples of acceptablequality interior materials.
Poor interior look and feel
Refer to 'Discourse on Phenomena' for understanding what is meant by 'feel'.
Not all windows electric
No electric mirrors
Less than 4 speaker stereo, capable of producing decent sound quality (as defined by theconsumer)
No CD player
No Bluetooth and/or AUX inputAutomotive SociologyBig Influencers:
Suzuki Alto/Nissan Micra
Being launched with Break Assist as standard across all models has put pressure on more expensiveand larger class vehicles to do the same. For example, this means the base Alto, at $11,990, offers apiece of safety equipment that some $45,000+ cars do not.This has led to Brake Assist being added to the candidates of required features for future revisionsof the Unacceptability Index.
The Importance and History of Brake AssistResearch conducted in 1992 at the Mercedes-Benz driving simulator in Berlin revealed that morethan 90% of drivers fail to brake with enough force in emergency situations.In response, Mercedes-Benz developed a system in which the car determines how much braking isrequired based on the ferocity of the braking applied by the driver. The system was dubbed 'BAS',short for
sist. The feature premièred on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W140) 1996 update.Since then, Mercedes-Benz have updated the system, dubbed BAS+, which uses radars to determinehow much braking is required.In 2007, the European Commission announced that they wanted Brake Assist to be standard on allmodels by 2009.Since 92, many other car makes have included the feature on their premium models, and itsvisibility has trickled down into many lower models as well.