10 automakers agree to make automatic braking standard

10 automakers agree to make automatic braking standard

Ten automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard on new vehicles in a deal brokered by DOT, NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

–We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The 10 manufacturers Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo will work with NHTSA and IIHS in the coming months to work out a timetable and other details.

The emergency braking includes a range of systems designed to address crashes, especially rear-end crashes, in which drivers do not apply the brakes, or fail to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash. AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and, if the driver does not take adequate action, engage the brakes. Several studies, including a recent report from IIHS, show that AEB technology can reduce insurance injury claims by as much as 35 percent.

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