Ten Automakers Pledge to Make Automatic Emergency Braking a Standard Feature on All New Cars
Recently, ten major automobile manufacturers vowed to install automatic emergency braking (AEB) in new vehicles as a standard feature, as announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This pledge represents a significant change in the priority of auto makers, with vehicle manufacturers today focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just keeping occupants safe in the event of an accident.
Previously, automatic emergency braking was only offered as an option when purchasing a new car or in higher end vehicles. With the pledge of these ten companies, AEB will be available to all new car purchasers and will assist a wider portion of the American population.
The ten companies committed to AEB include Volvo, Audi, Toyota, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Tesla and Volkswagen. In the coming months, the NHTSA and IIHS will work with these automakers to develop a timeline for making AEB a standard feature and other companies are encouraged to join this commitment.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Can Save Lives
Automatic emergency braking systems are designed to prevent accidents that occur when drivers do not apply their brakes in time to avoid an accident or do not apply enough pressure to stop quickly. Such technology is most useful in preventing rear-end crashes. AEB systems vary in their technique, but all include sensors in some form, such as cameras, lasers or radars, which can detect an imminent crash. The system will then warn drivers and, if the driver does not take sufficient action, will actually engage the brakes.
Studies show that AEB is effective and does make a difference. Most accidents are the result of human error and many accidents involve drivers that are not alert. The AEB system is constantly monitoring the road ahead, never becoming tired or distracted. Some studies released by the IIHS show that AEB technology reduces insurance injury claims by up to 35 percent.
AEB is just one of several important new technologies aimed at preventing accidents before they ever occur. A related technology is the blind spot monitor, which uses sensors to detect when other vehicles enter your blind spot. You are then warned of the vehicle's presence and can actually be prevented from merging into the other car, dependent on the system installed. Technologies such as AEB and blind spot detection are saving lives and will hopefully work to reduce the number of fatal crashes annually.
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