Posted on September 29th, 2015 by Zane Cagle
Major Automakers Agree to Make AEB Standard
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced earlier this month that 10 automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles built. Commitment to this improved technology on new cars could reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes.
“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen”, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “But if technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on the most expensive models, too few Americans will see the benefits of this new era.”
When we constantly hear about distracted driving due to advances in technology (specifically our smartphones that “make” us do silly things), implementing technology to improve safety is welcomed news.
The Ten Automakers Who Say They Will May AEB Standard include:
- General Motors
- Mercedes Benz
AEB includes a range of systems designed to address the large number of crashes, especially rear-end crashes, in which drivers do not apply the brakes or fail to apply sufficient braking power to avoid or mitigate a crash. AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and, if the driver does not take sufficient action, engage the brakes.
According to experts the evidence is mounting that AEB makes a large difference. Most crashes are due to driver error. It is hoped this technology can compensate for the mistakes drivers make because systems are always on alert, monitoring the road. AEB systems do not get tired or become distracted.
The ten manufacturers committing to AEB action across the board represented approximately 57 percent of the U.S. light-duty vehicle sales in 2014.
Technology Does Not Release Drivers From Responsibility
We still are not in the era that cars drive themselves. As most experts agree, the majority of car crashes occur due to driver error. In almost all crashes, there is an event or decision that results in the crash. Still, the primary reason for motor vehicle crashes is “inattentiveness“. Inattention includes all of those public service announcements about drinking and driving and texting while driving. But “inattention” also includes those times that you are driving but not paying full attention. It can be hard sometimes to always pay 100% attention, but it is the standard that we each ask of one another when we agree to share the roadways. Anytime people share something, such as a roadway, we each rely on others to do their part in keeping the roadway safe by making responsible decisions.
We are strong advocates for safety technology to become standard practice for all car manufacturers.
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