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Jan. 5, 2021—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in collaboration with automakers to equip almost all new vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking systems by 2023 to decrease the number of collision-related deaths and injuries.  

According to a press release put out by NHTSA, an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system is able to detect an impending forward crash via camera and radar sensors positioned throughout the vehicle. Once a potential crash has been detected, a first alert is sent to the driver to take corrective action, but if the driver does not respond, the AEB system can automatically apply the brakes in order to reduce crash severity or avoid a collision altogether. 

 

Getting OEMs to Opt In

As of now, 10 of the largest vehicle manufacturers are already installing AEB systems on each of their new passenger vehicles. 

The 10 manufacturers leading the trend:

  • Tesla
  • Volvo
  • Subaru
  • BMW
  • Audi
  • Mazda
  • Hyundai
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Volkswagen
  • Toyota

But four additional manufacturers—Honda, Nissan, Ford, and Kia—are hot on their heels with more than 75 percent of new vehicles coming equipped with AEB systems. 

Automatic emergency braking is just one of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recommended safety technologies. Others include lane departure warnings, backup cameras, and dynamic brake support. 

“Automatic emergency braking can help prevent or reduce the severity of crashes, which also reduces the risk of injury,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator, James Owens, in the press release.  “We applaud manufacturers for moving swiftly to include lifesaving technologies in new vehicles.  Through this voluntary approach, we are seeing significantly faster deployment of automatic emergency braking than we would have through regulation, and that means lives are being saved and injuries are being avoided today.”

Each of the automakers in collaboration with NHTSA are aiming to have all new vehicles outfitted with AEB systems by August 31, 2023. 

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