US carmakers agree to make automatic emergency braking standard by 2022

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A total of 20 carmakers in the US have agreed to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on virtually all new cars by 2022.

The agreement covers Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA.

The NHTSA estimated that the agreement will make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the formal regulatory process, preventing 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries according to IIHS estimates.

“It’s an exciting time for vehicle safety. By proactively making emergency braking systems standard equipment on their vehicles, these 20 automakers will help prevent thousands of crashes and save lives,” said US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. “It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers.”

“The benefits of this commitment are far reaching,” said IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer David Zuby. “From injuries and deaths averted to the recovery of productivity that would otherwise be lost in traffic jams caused by the crashes prevented. It also assures that all Americans will benefit from this technology.”

The NHTSA also said it would accelerate its research on more advanced AEB applications, including systems that reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians. In December, NHTSA announced plans to rate AEB systems and other advanced technologies under its 5-Star Safety Ratings beginning in model year 2018.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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