Automatic Emergency Braking For New Vehicles
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release announcing a historic commitment from 10 different auto manufacturers to include automatic emergency braking (AEB) on all new vehicles. Initially, AEB was only going to be optional or standard on more expensive car models, but thanks to pressure from the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it’s going to be standard on all new cars from Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
What is Automatic Emergency Braking?
Automatic Emergency Braking, or AEB, is a technology that is most helpful in preventing rear-end accidents. Essentially, if a driver fails to apply the brakes or doesn’t apply the brakes sufficiently enough, the AEB system will kick in and warn the driver or apply the brakes. The system utilizes onboard sensors including radar, cameras and lasers to detect the possibility of an impending crash.
Preventable Rear-End Crashes
Since most crashes, especially rear-end crashes, are due to driver error, this system could potentially create a drastic reduction in certain types of crashes. At least one study shows that AEB technology can reduce insurance injury claims by as much as 35 percent. These 10 automakers represented 57 percent of U.S. light-duty vehicle sales in 2014. Representatives from each of the automakers are going to work with the IIHS and the NHTSA in the upcoming months to come up with a strategy and timeline for the implementation of AEB as a standard feature on all new cars.
Improving Safety Through Technological Advances
In addition to the AEB initiative, the NHTSA has also been working to accelerate the development of advanced safety technologies, like vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) and autonomous driving capabilities. Consumers can hope to hear about developments regarding this project in the upcoming months. The IIHS and the NHTSA will likely announce when car shoppers can expect to see AEB systems on all new cars shortly.
Although many of these exciting safety advances are quickly approaching the horizon for new car owners, many of us will still be on the road in older model cars.