He might be talking about the new emergency braking systems to prevent rearending the car ahead. Not necessarily much of a safety addition for you as the driver of your car, but certainly can be a safety item for the car you could have rearended.
I think that system is simply great, but no, seriously doubt it could be added to an older car which is not designed for it, the system being pretty complicated.
If he is really talking about the ABS as installed in the later Alfas, most people have no clue how to utilize it, and even some authorities don't understand what it does and when it should be applied. And, no, as Michael mentions, almost impossible to add it later. At this time, I'm not inclined to regard it as a great safety system, because of the above reason. It may be an automatic system, but only if the driver knows what to do to make it work, ie, how hard to press the brake pedal, and when.
The owner's manual of the 164 has a chart illustrating when and under which conditions it could operate.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 03-09-2017 at 10:33 AM.