The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a press release announcing a commitment from 10 different auto manufacturers to include automatic emergency braking (AEB) on all new vehicles.
At first, AEB was only going to be optional or standard on more expensive car models, but due to pressure from the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this feature will be standard on all new cars from Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Automatic Emergency Braking is a technology that is helpful in preventing rear-end collisions. It essentially works by warning the driving to apply the brakes when they either fail to apply the brakes or do not apply the brakes sufficiently enough. The system utilizes onboard sensors including radar, cameras and lasers to detect the possibility of a rear-end crash.
Since most motor vehicle crashes, especially rear-end collisions, are due to driver error, this system could potentially create a drastic reduction in certain types of wrecks. Studies have shown that AEB technology can reduce insurance injury claims by as much as 35 percent.
In addition to the AEB initiative, the NHTSA has also been working to further the development of advanced safety technologies, like vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V) and autonomous driving capabilities.
The IIHS and the NHTSA will make an announcement when car shoppers can expect to see AEB systems on all new cars.
While many of these exciting safety advances will be available for new car owners very soon, many of us will still be on the road in older model cars. If you have been injured in an auto accident, or know someone who has, please do not hesitate to call a Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online. A consultation with us to discuss your accident and injuries is always free.