U. S. cars get auto braking
Car builders sign agreement to get cars to stop themselves
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.
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.