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All cars will have automatic braking in six years

Lucas Mearian | March 18, 2016
Automatic braking systems could prevent 28,000 crashes a year.

NHTSA and IIHS also announced that Consumer Reports will assist in monitoring automaker progress toward meeting the AEB commitment.

"We have been calling on automakers to make automatic emergency braking standard in all new vehicles, and today is an important step toward reaching that goal," said Jake Fisher, director of Auto Testing for Consumer Reports. "This proven technology is among the most promising safety advances we've seen since electronic stability control almost two decades ago. We look forward to working with NHTSA and IIHS to help put this plan into action and hold automakers accountable for their commitments."

As NHTSA continues its regulatory work, the agency plans to track the automakers' efforts to keep their commitment to the technology.

That commitment takes into account the evolution of AEB technology. It requires a level of functionality in line with research and crash data demonstrating that such systems are substantially reducing crashes, but does not stand in the way of improved capabilities that are just beginning to emerge. The performance measures are based on real world data showing that vehicles with this level of capability are avoiding crashes.

To encourage further development of AEB technology, NHTSA will accelerate its research on more advanced AEB applications, including systems that reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians. 

 

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