Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made a major announcement. Twenty automakers which represent 99% of the U.S. auto market are to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems the standard on almost all cars by September of 2022.
This technology is so important for safety. It will hopefully prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries as this new agreement will make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than through the normal regulatory process. It would also reduce rear-end crashes by 40% according to IIHS research. NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Mark Rosekind said, “A commitment of this magnitude is unprecedented, and will bring more safety to Americans sooner.”
Automatic Emergency Braking systems are used to help prevent crashes or reduce impacts by applying brakes for drivers. AEB systems use sensors on the vehicle including radars, cameras or even lasers to detect crash hazards. The system warns the driver and applies the brakes itself if the driver doesn’t respond fast enough.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers.” The evidence that AEB systems are reducing crashes and injuries is insurmountable. The commitment to make AEB the standard by 2022 started in November of 2015 when NHTSA and IIHS issued a “challenge” to the car manufacturers to voluntarily make AEB a standard feature. This challenge was followed by meetings to discuss the details of the commitment.
Another part of this deal is that Consumer Reports will help the NHTSA and IIHS in monitoring the progress of car manufacturers in their end of the deal to make AEB the standard. Jake Fisher, the Director of Auto Testing for Consumer Reports said, “We look forward to working with the NHTSA and IIHS to help put this plan into action and hold automakers accountable for their commitments.”
The specific details of the deal to make AEB the standard include the addition of AEB systems on cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or lighter, beginning on September 1, 2022. AEB will be the standard on trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds no later than September 1, 2025.
Automatic Emergency Braking systems will continue to be studied and developed further, and NHTSA hopes to accelerate the research on more applications of AEB, such as to reduce the risk of crashes with pedestrians.
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