The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made a promising and historic announcement on March 17, 2016 that 20 automakers are making a commitment to include automatic emergency braking as a standard feature on virtually all new automobiles by September 1, 2022.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems have been shown to be effective in the prevention of crashes and in reducing the severity of crashes that cannot be avoided by using on-vehicle radars, cameras or lasers to detect a potential collision, warn the driver and apply the brakes automatically if the driver fails to do so. This unprecedented commitment of automakers was made possible following a challenge made to the auto industry by the NHTSA and IIHS in September 2015 encouraging them to voluntarily adopt and make standard the AEB system in new vehicle models.
By coming to a proactive agreement, these life saving brake systems will be made standard an estimated three years sooner than they would be if they were individually put through a formal regulatory process by each automaker. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that those three years will prevent up to 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.
The automakers committed to implementing the AEB system 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. Consumer Reports will also be assisting the NHTSA and IIHS in the process of monitoring the progress of automakers toward meeting the AEB goal.
The automatic emergency braking systems will be made standard on light-duty cars and trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less by the September 1, 2022 deadline and on larger trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,5001 pounds and 10,000 pounds no later than September 1, 2025.