20 Automakers Commit to Making Automatic Emergency Braking Standard by 2022

Family car time is about to get even safer. Today the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that 20 automakers, representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market, have committed to making automatic emergency braking a standard feature no later than Sept 1, 2022.

Automakers making 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.

For some automakers, like Volvo, the technology is already in place and has been a standard since 2014 so the commitment was an easy decision to make. “Automatic Emergency Braking is a critical part of our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President & CEO of Volvo Car USA, “thousands of Volvo owners have already realized the benefits of this technology.”

According to the NHTSA, “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 and, during those three years, the commitment is estimated to prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.

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