nhtsa announcementHistoric Automatic Emergency Braking Announcement

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the historic automatic emergency braking (AEB) announcement made by 20 automakers. According to the announcement, 20 automakers have voluntarily made a commitment to installing AEB on virtually all new passenger vehicles with low-speed AEB that includes forward-collision warning by September 1, 2022.

At this time, four manufacturers are already ahead of schedule. Tesla, Volvo, Audi and Mercedes have already met their commitment. Additionally, 12 automakers have already equipped more than 75 percent of their new vehicles with AEB.


What is Automatic Emergency Braking?

AEB systems can help to prevent crashes and reduce the severity of crashes. This technology can actually apply the brakes in situations that are leading to imminent front-end collisions. The technology included in these systems involves on-vehicle sensors like radar, cameras, and lasers that help to detect an imminent crash risk. These systems can warn a driver of the crash risk, and even apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t take action quickly enough.


Why is AEB Important?

AEB is an important recent technological advancement in motor vehicle safety because most crashes are caused by driver error. With distracted driving continuing to be a major epidemic on U.S. roadways, driver inattention behind the wheel has only been increasing. While AEB systems are in no way intended to enable dangerous or distracted driving behaviors, they’re a great last-ditch effort in the event of imminent crash risk.

If you’re sharing the road with a distracted driver, it would at least be nice if their vehicle would automatically brake before it hits yours. As we see more of these vehicles introduced into the market, we will hopefully see a decrease in preventable rear-end crashes.


Car Accidents in San Diego

After any kind of car accident involving a distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be able to recover compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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