U. S. cars get auto brak­ing

Car builders sign agree­ment to get cars to stop them­selves

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Reporter.

McLEAN, Va. — Twenty ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in the U. S. have signed a his­toric com­mit­ment to make au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing ( AEB) a stan­dard fea­ture on 99% of all new cars by Septem­ber 1, 2022.

The U. S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( NHTSA) and the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety ( IIHS) an­nounced the au­tomak­ers, who signed the com­mit­ment are Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, Gen­eral Mo­tors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes- Benz, Mit­subishi Mo­tors, Nis­san, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Mo­tors Inc., Toy­ota, Volk­swa­gen and Volvo Car USA.

Their un­prece­dented com­mit­ment means that this im­por­tant safety tech­nol­ogy will be avail­able to more con­sumers more quickly than would be pos­si­ble through the reg­u­la­tory process.

AEB sys­tems help pre­vent crashes or re­duce their sever­ity by ap­ply­ing the brakes for the driver.

The sys­tems use on- ve­hi­cle sen­sors such as radar, cam­eras or lasers to de­tect an im­mi­nent crash, warn the driver and ap­ply the brakes if the driver does not take suf­fi­cient ac­tion quickly enough.

NHTSA es­ti­mates that the agree­ment will make AEB stan­dard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the for­mal reg­u­la­tory process. Dur­ing those three years, ac­cord­ing to IIHS es­ti­mates, the com­mit­ment will pre­vent 28 000 crashes and 12 000 in­juries in the U. S.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time for ve­hi­cle safety. By proac­tively mak­ing emer­gency brak­ing sys­tems stan­dard equip­ment on their ve­hi­cles, th­ese 20 au­tomak­ers will help pre­vent thou­sands of crashes and save lives,” said U. S. Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary An­thony Foxx. “It’s a win for safety and a win for con­sumers.”

Based on mount­ing ev­i­dence that AEB ef­fec­tively re­duced crashes and in­juries in the U. S. and around the world, NHTSA and IIHS is­sued a chal­lenge to in­dus­try in Septem­ber 2015 to en­cour­age au­tomak­ers to vol­un­tar­ily make AEB a stan­dard fea­ture. A se­ries of meet­ings fol­lowed to es­tab­lish de­tails of the com­mit­ment. “The ben­e­fits of this com­mit­ment are far- reach­ing,” said IIHS Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Re­search Of­fi­cer David Zuby.

“From in­juries and deaths averted to the re­cov­ery of pro­duc­tiv­ity that would oth­er­wise be lost in traf­fic jams caused by the crashes pre­vented. It also as­sures that all Amer­i­cans will ben­e­fit from this tech­nol­ogy.”

NHTSA and IIHS also an­nounced that Con­sumer Re­ports will as­sist in mon­i­tor­ing au­tomaker progress to­ward meet­ing the AEB com­mit­ment.

Jake Fisher, di­rec­tor of auto test­ing for Con­sumer Re­ports, said the proven tech­nol­ogy of AEB is among the most promis­ing safety ad­vances since elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol al­most two decades ago.

The com­mit­ment will make AEB stan­dard on vir­tu­ally all light- duty cars and trucks with a gross ve­hi­cle weight of 8 500 lbs. or less be­gin­ning no later than Septem­ber 1, 2022. AEB will also be stan­dard on vir­tu­ally all pick­ups 2,5 tons to 3,5 tons.

The com­mit­ment takes into ac­count the evo­lu­tion of AEB tech­nol­ogy. It re­quires a level of func­tion­al­ity that is in line with re­search and crash data demon­strat­ing that such sys­tems are sub­stan­tially re­duc­ing crashes, but does not stand in the way of im­proved ca­pa­bil­i­ties that are just be­gin­ning to emerge.

To en­cour­age fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of AEB tech­nol­ogy, NHTSA will ac­cel­er­ate its re­search on more ad­vanced AEB ap­pli­ca­tions.

In De­cem­ber, NHTSA an­nounced plans to rate AEB sys­tems and other ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies un­der its 5- Star Safety Rat­ings be­gin­ning in model year 2018.

PHOTO: NHTSA

Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing ( AEB) will be­come stan­dard on 99% of cars built in the US. Us­ing laser and or radar, AEB sys­tems sense col­li­sions ahead and will au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the brakes to pre­vent a crash If no eva­sive ac­tion is taken.

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