Automatic braking is set to become a standard feature in the majority of new cars with the NHTSA saying 20 carmakers will feature the system in their new releases.
On Thursday, in a strategic move aimed at reducing the gap between itself and its rivals, Ford Motor Co stated that it will make available automatic emergency brakes as a standard feature on two of its key 2019 models.
The new technology is designed to potentially help vehicles avoid collisions.
Ford stated it will put this new technology in its redesigned 2019 Edge midsize crossover vehicle and its new 2019 Ranger midsize pickup; both models will go head to head with Toyota’s Tacoma and Chevrolet’s Colorado later this year.
Ford further stated the brakes are part of a suite of standard features on the new Edge, which will also feature other technologies which can detect pedestrians and objects and thus avoid collisions by steering for the driver as well as applying brakes automatically.
The 2019 Edge will also offer new optional safety features, including automatic steering assist and a more sophisticated cruise control. It will be available for sale, this summer.
In December 2017, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that in 2017, 4 of the 20 automakers had equipped standard automatic emergency brakes as a standard features in at least 50% of their U.S. models; the highest installation rates were in brands such as Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler AG.
Even mass market companies, such as Toyota Motor Corp had the devices fitted on 56% of its 2017 models; in comparison 30% of Honda’s fleet had the feature, while General Motors Co had the same in 20% of their cars; Ford’s 2017 cars had an installation base of 10%.
As per the NHTSA, 20 carmakers have agreed to equip the feature in the majority of their new passenger vehicles by September 2022.