The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the commitment by 20 leading automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on virtually all new cars by Sept 1, 2022. Automakers who committed to this endeavor include Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar and Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA. Such a commitment means that this important safety technology will be available to more consumers more quickly than would be possible through the regulatory process. What is AEB?AEB is an autonomous road vehicle safety system that employs sensors to monitor the proximity of vehicles in front and detects situations where the relative speed and distance between the host and target vehicles suggest that a collision is imminent. In such a situation, emergency braking can be automatically applied to avoid the collision or at least to mitigate its effects. This is a remarkable feat as vehicle safety will take a monumental leap for drivers worldwide!
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