Products Liability Law Daily Automakers making ‘great strides’ in equipping new cars with automatic emergency braking
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Automakers making ‘great strides’ in equipping new cars with automatic emergency braking

By Susan Engstrom

More than 9.5 million new passenger vehicles have been installed with AEB since September 2018, NHTSA reports.

According to an update on the progress of 20 manufacturers in equipping new vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) crash avoidance technology, four automakers—Tesla, Volvo, Audi, and Mercedes—have met their voluntary commitment, and 12 have installed AEB on 75 percent of their new cars. The update was released yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which explained that the installation of AEB is part of a voluntary commitment by the companies to equip virtually all new passenger vehicles with low-speed AEB that includes forward collision warning by September 1, 2022 (NHTSA Press Release, December 17, 2019).

"This is an outstanding achievement and confirms the accelerated deployment outcome we predicted leveraging a voluntary commitment by industry," said NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens. "Many crashes and injuries that might otherwise occur are shown to be preventable with this technology. It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers."

During the reporting period of September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019, 20 manufacturers equipped more than 9.5 million new passenger vehicles with AEB. In its update, NHTSA said that the automakers have made great strides in providing advanced safety to consumers compared to just two years ago, when only 30 percent of their new vehicles were equipped with AEB.

Auto manufacturers report yearly through a submission to the Federal Register docket, making their progress status a public record. There is a standard reporting format for the number of vehicles manufactured during a set time period and the number of those vehicles that comply with the agreement. The first reporting was in the fall of 2017.

According to NHTSA, AEB systems help reduce the severity of crashes, or help prevent crashes altogether, by applying the brakes in imminent front-end collision scenarios. These systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras, and lasers to detect an imminent crash risk, warn the driver, and even apply the brakes if the driver does not take sufficient action. At the time of the agreement, the agency estimated that the initiative would make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the formal regulatory process.

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