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40 Countries Adopt Mandatory Vehicle Braking Systems; U.S., China Opt Out

February 17, 2019

GENEVA – According to an online news story reported by, 40 countries have adopted mandatory emergency braking systems for new vehicles, while the United States and China opted out. Japan will be taking the lead on the initiative, implementing auto braking requirements on all new vehicles as early as next year.* 

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that 40 countries in total, including Japan and the European Union, have agreed that new vehicles should have automatic emergency braking systems. These systems can prevent vehicle accidents by sensing an imminent crash and applying the vehicle’s brakes if the driver is not doing so. 

The countries adopted the regulation for vehicles traveling at “low speeds,” which they deemed to be 60 kilometers per hour — 42 mph — or slower. The regulation includes language that drivers can override the braking systems if they wish. The regulation will apply only to new vehicles after a certain date in each country, which means no vehicles currently on the market will need to be serviced to comply.

While the United States and China are part of the UNECE, the two countries did not participate in negotiations about the regulation and will not be adopting the regulation. Reports indicate the countries both want to ensure that their own laws are not in a position to yield to U.N.-adopted rules regarding the automobile industry. 

Japan, which saw sales of about 4 million vehicles in 2018, will be first to implement the regulation. It plans to make emergency braking mandatory for vehicles manufactured in 2020 and after. The European Union is expected to implement the regulation in 2022. 

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