The objective of installing automatic emergency braking in all new vehicles is viewing progress as car manufacturers attempt to install this crash avoidance technology to enhance vehicle and passenger safety.
More than half of the 2017 model year vehicles of Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Toyota were reported too be fitted with that automatic emergency braking that automatic emergency braking as a standard fitting. This was concluded from a study of 20 automakers. The technology was fitted as standard or were offered as an option to car purchasers in at least 30 percent of vehicles that were produced in 2017 by another six manufactures – Honda, Audi, BMW, Subaru, Volkswagen and Maserati/Alfa Romeo.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the US and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry jointly made the announced recently. For the people of the U.S., the attempt to fit all new vehicles with the new technology of automatic emergency braking which is also known as AEB or autobrake, is a welcome news, more so because the auto makers are doing it voluntarily.
Drivers tend not to apply the breaks or even are not able to put on enough power on to the brakes to prevent rear-end crashes and the new autobrake technology comprises of a number of technologies that have been developed to prevent and eliminate such crashes. The driver is warned after an imminent danger is detected by the technology through the use of sensors like radar, cameras or lasers. The system itself puts on the brakes if no action to bring the vehicle to a halt is not taken by the driver even after the danger warning. A similar automatic braking system is being planned to be put in pace for forward collision warning alert feature that would alter of dangers lying ahead and slam down the brakes if no action is taken.
“This is a big win for safety on our nation’s roads, which will see fewer crashes and injuries because of this commitment,” David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer of the Insurance Institute, said in a statement. 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries by 2025 would be prevented by the crash avoidance technology which is being voluntarily implemented by auto makers, estimates his group.
The largest number of auto braking vehicles was manufactured by Toyota in 2017 while General Motors and Honda followed in umbers.
“This progress is great news for “With each model year, manufacturers will increasingly utilize technology to allow vehicles to ‘see’ the world around them and navigate it more safely,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.
luxury car buyers and many others, but many automakers still need to do more,” David Friedman, director, cars and product policy and analysis at Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports, said in a statement.
(Adapted from Forbes.com)