Automakers Band Together to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

By Paul Riegler on 17 March 2016
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IMG_8515Automakers representing almost the entirety of the U.S. market joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in announcing plans to install automatic emergency braking on almost all new cars sold in the United States by 2022.

The list of automakers, which is a who’s who of the industry, includes Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

Automatic emergency braking systems use technology similar to radar cruise control to detect an imminent crash, alert the driver through flashing lights and loud beeps, and apply the brakes without driver intervention if the driver does not react quickly enough.

The automakers have voluntarily agreed to move ahead with the plan in a manner that will get the technology into vehicles significantly faster than would have been the case if this had been a government mandated regulation.

“By making automatic emergency braking systems standard equipment on their vehicles, these 20 automakers will help prevent crashes and save lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

The move will lower the number of highway-related injuries and deaths and significantly reduce the amount of time lost in traffic delays caused by accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that the system will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries in the first three years.

“With roadway fatalities on the rise, the commitment made today has the potential to save more lives than almost anything else we can accomplish in the next six years,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council and former head of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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