Automatic Emergency Braking Systems for New Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding state-of-the-art technology that is expected to save lives across the nation. U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx announced his plan to add two automatic emergency braking systems to recommended vehicle advanced technology features. These cutting-edge braking safety systems will fall under the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which is aimed at implementing safety innovations that have saved over 600,000 lives over the last half-century.

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems

There are two different automatic emergency braking systems, which are basically designed to engage to help the driver mitigate or avoid a crash. Crash Imminent Braking (CIB) and Dynamic Brake Support (DBS) are designed to automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes or supplement the existing braking system in order to prevent or lessen the impact of a crash.

Rear-End Crashes

Officials with the NHTSA report that one-third of all police-reported wrecks in 2013 involved some type of rear-end collision. They also found that a large portion of the drivers involved with rear-end crashes did not apply the brakes at all or did not apply them enough prior to the wreck. The Automatic Emergency Braking Systems could greatly impact the number and severity of rear-end crashes in California and across the nation.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology

In addition to high-tech automatic braking systems, the NHTSA has also announced implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology. This means our vehicles could be communicating with each other in the near future. Initial trials have already been conducted around the country. We also have the NHTSA to thank for automobile safety advances like seat belts, air bags and electronic stability control.

After a Car Accident in San Diego

After any kind of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Whether you were rear-ended by a distracted driver or broadsided by an alcohol-impaired driver, you need to get back on your feet and back to your regularly scheduled life.

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