In January 2015, the Transportation Secretary announced a plan that includes adding two new Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems to the list of recommended advanced safety features to be included in new car models in the future. This is the most recent step in over 50 years of safety innovations that are estimated to have saved over 600,000 lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Following this announcement, the NHTSA issued a challenge to auto manufacturers in September 2015:
Make Automatic Emergency Braking a standard part of every vehicle they produce—within 7 years.
As of March 2016, twenty major US automakers committed to make AEB standard in their vehicles by September 1st, 2022—as reported by the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. After the implementation of AEB in passenger vehicles, the NHTSA plans on having heavy trucks come standard with AEB by September 1st, 2025.
The automakers who agreed to make AEB standard for passenger vehicles included:
- FCA US LLC
- General Motors
- Land Rover
- Mitsubishi Motors
- Tesla Motors Inc.
- Volvo Car USA
Rear End Collisions Are Commonplace
Per the NHTSA’s data, 33% of all reported car accidents involve a rear-end collision with another vehicle. NHTSA’s research also shows that, in rear-end collisions, many of the drivers either did not fully apply their brakes or they didn’t apply them at all prior to the crash. Automatic Emergency Braking systems can, as the name implies, automatically apply the brakes or assist the driver in fully braking, to avoid an accident.
According to data from 2013 and 2015, rear end collisions make up 40% of all vehicle collisions. The last date for which we have data (2015) says that there were 1.7 million rear collisions that year. In those collisions, half a million people were injured—and 1,700 were killed. To even bring that number down by 10% would spare thousands of people from the pain and trauma of a car accident.
NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said it well in 2015: “You shouldn’t have to pay extra for technology that can prevent a collision altogether.” Making AEBs standard in all vehicles will make the roads safer for everyone—not just the people who buy luxury vehicles.
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