20 Automakers Pledge to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard on New Vehicles
The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, recently announced that 20 automakers have now pledged to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new cars by the year 2022. These automakers represent more than 99 percent of the United States auto market. Previously, 10 automakers had made this historic commitment. Now, with further support from the industry, automobile safety has taken a significant step forward.
At Montlick and Associates, we fully support all car safety measures that can reduce accident rates and save lives. We are pleased to hear of this collaborative pledge from the automobile industry. We witness firsthand the devastating effects of car accidents when injured clients meet with us to obtain information on their legal rights and options stemming from their accident. We hope that automatic emergency braking will reduce automobile accident rates and help keep the public safe.
20 Industry Leaders
The 20 automobile makers that have committed to implanting automatic emergency braking or AEB represent leaders within the industry. Pledged supporters include Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo among others. The majority of all vehicles are manufactured by these car makers, and smaller automakers yet to commit may do so in the coming months and years.
AEB Saves Lives
Automatic emergency braking uses a system of on-vehicle sensors, cameras, radars, or lasers to detect whether a crash is imminent. If the system finds that your vehicle will be involved in an accident, it acts quickly to warn the driver and apply the brakes if the driver does not react quickly enough to the warning. In this manner, the system acts as the driver's eyes if the driver is distracted or otherwise does not see the impending crash.
The IIHS believes that implementation of AEB on all new vehicles will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries during a three-year period. This would result in a significant reduction in accident rates and represents a major win for the industry and consumers alike.
By making AEB a standard in all vehicles, it ensures that vehicle safety is available for everyone, not just those who can afford to pay more. The automobile industry has taken up the challenge issued by the IIHS and other safety organizations to accelerate progress in the industry. Now, research continues into new AEB related technologies that will reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents as well as automobile collisions. As this technology develops, it too will become standard on new vehicles in the coming years and we remain hopeful that accident rates will significantly decrease.
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