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Car Manufacturers Commit to Including Automatic Emergency Braking Systems in New Cars


According to an announcement recently made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 car manufacturers which represent 99% of the American car market have committed to installing Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems in nearly all their new cars. The manufacturers collectively agreed to implement the change by September of 2022.

AEB systems have gained a great deal of positive attention from safety organizations, and this commitment has been hailed by the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a major step forward in driver safety. AEB systems, while only recently more commonly available, were developed over two decades ago. The first car available for sale in the US with such a system was a 2000 Mercedes Benz. AEB systems are designed to use radar, cameras, or lasers to identify objects in the car’s path. The car will either increase the amount of braking power when the driver is not braking a sufficient amount to help the car avoid an imminent collision, or will do all the braking when the driver is not applying the brakes or initiating evasive maneuvers. While some cars integrate more than one AEB system, the primary mechanisms on which AEB systems are based are: lower-speed (for use in city traffic), higher-speed (built to detect objects or slowing on the roadway farther down the road), and pedestrian (built to detect moving person-shaped objects in or near the road).

A related safety device that has also become common on new cars is known as the Front-Crash Warning or Forward-Collision Warning (FCW) system. Similarly to an AEB system, an FCW system will scan the roadway ahead to identify any objects or persons in the road. When a crash appears likely to occur if the driver does not attempt to evade it, the system will issue an alert to the driver, but it cannot automatically bring the vehicle to a halt.

The IIHS has conducted research on the effectiveness of both FCW and AEB systems, and has found that both provide benefits to drivers. One study conducted by the institute found that cars equipped with only an FCW system were involved in 23% fewer crashes where the police were notified. For cars with an AEB system, crash involvement went down by 39%. Injury crashes among cars with FCW and AEB systems was reduced by 43%. If every car in the US had these systems, experts estimate that the annual number of car accidents would decrease by some 700,000, with an estimated 300,000 fewer injury accidents.

If you need help recovering for your injuries after a New Jersey car accident with a careless driver, contact determined and knowledgeable car accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation at 973-532-9681.

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