Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) has grown increasingly more common among automakers over the past several years. It’s a terrific safety feature that has already saved countless numbers of accidents and injuries. It’s about to become even more common.
The technology, which will automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes in the event of an imminent collision should the driver not respond to the system’s warning, is currently available as an option from several manufacturers. You often need to purchase a more feature-packed trim level to have it on your new car. However, a new pact among 20 automakers, which was recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will make AEB a standard feature on their vehicles by September 1, 2022.
The NHTSA has said that the agreement has accelerated the process of mainstream adoption by three years. The agreement could prevent as many as 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries, according to the HSTSA.
The list of manufacturers involved in the agreement, which represent approximately 99 percent of the U.S. automotive industry, include: Audi, BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
This pact falls in line with the history of automotive safety breakthroughs. Seat belts and airbags used to be option features too, and are now mandatory. How long before other advanced automated safety features are standard on every vehicle sold?