In a historic move, ten major automobile manufacturers have agreed to install automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems as a standard feature on new cars and trucks. These systems are designed to detect and prevent accidents that cause serious injuries and deaths. The automakers agreeing to this include:
The automakers have not agreed to a timetable for installing this new safety feature and are implementing the technology in different ways. AEB systems will work as follows:
This feature is already offered on some luxury vehicles. Several studies—including one by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—have shown that AEB systems can reduce insurance industry claims by 35 percent.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) hopes that this new technology will become standard in these ten automobile manufacturers’ vehicles as soon as possible. NHTSA has not ruled out enacting a regulation mandating AEB on all new vehicles, but is hoping other automakers will voluntarily agree to make this a standard feature.
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