AEB Standard on New Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their historic commitment with 20 automakers and the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on making automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on virtually all new cars beginning September 1, 2022.  The automakers that have pledged to make this feature standard on their new vehicles are Audi, BMW, FCA USA LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA.

What is Automatic Emergency Braking?

AEB systems can help to prevent or drastically reduce the severity of certain types of car crashes by applying the brakes automatically and without the driver’s input. These sophisticated systems use on-vehicle sensors, radar, cameras and lasers to detect the possibility of an imminent crash. In most situations, the system would warn the driver to take action, and only apply the brakes automatically if the driver doesn’t respond quickly enough to avoid the potential crash.

AEB a Standard Feature

Initially, AEB systems were going to be an upgrade from many automakers, but who wants to pay extra for a safety feature? This landmark agreement from these 20 popular automakers means that making AEB standard on new cars will happen about three years faster than if the NHTSA, DOT and IIHS had gone through a formal regulatory process. The IIHS estimates that the commitment from these automakers will help to prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries during that timeframe.

Improving Roadway Safety in California

While we are still a few years away from AEB systems being standard on all new cars, automakers, industry leaders, safety agencies and technological experts are working to enhance and improve roadway safety across the nation. From vehicle-to-vehicle communication to a new safety rating system, consumers can expect cars to get safer and more sophisticated over the next few years.

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