10 Carmakers Enter Historic Agreement with NHTSA, Agree to Include AEBs in New Vehicles
September 20, 2015
Automakers and federal transportation regulators have recently entered into a historic agreement, launching what some are calling a “new era” for vehicle safety.
This agreement, which involves 10 major automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), represents a commitment on the part of carmakers to start including automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on all new vehicles they make.
What Are AEBs?
AEBs are complex crash avoidance systems that use a combination of features – such as sensors, cameras, lasers and radar – to detect if a crash is imminent, whether a driver is appropriately responding and, if not, start applying the brakes to avoid an auto crash (or reduce the resulting impact/damage to the extent possible).
Although automatic emergency braking systems are available as add-on safety features for many vehicles, the recently announced agreement would make these standard features on all newly manufactured vehicles. This could be a huge advancement in the safety of vehicles, many believe.
What Carmakers Are Onboard?
To date, the 10 automakers that are part of this agreement include:
- Mercedes Benz
Regulators are, however, encouraging “all other light-vehicle and trucking manufacturers to bring automated vehicle technology to all vehicles on U.S. roadways as soon as possible.”
When Can the Public Expect to See AEBs in New Vehicles?
Right now, the IIHS is focused on putting this historic agreement into action by:
- Developing specific criteria to gauge whether automakers are honoring their commitment moving forward
- Develop a time line for the implementation of this agreement.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has noted the importance of this agreement, explaining that:
We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen… 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. These 10 companies are committing to making AEB available to all new-car buyers.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind similarly praised this agreement and its impacts, noting that:
Secretary Foxx’s direction to NHTSA is clear: We must work to expedite the implementation of advanced technologies to save lives at every opportunity… These 10 manufacturers have committed to an important principle: AEB is a life-saving technology that should be available to every vehicle owner. In the months ahead, NHTSA will work closely with IIHS and the auto industry to carry out that commitment, and we encourage every other manufacturer to join this effort.
As more news about this agreement and its implementation become available, we’ll bring you the latest updates in a future blog. Until then, post your comments on our Facebook & Google+ pages.
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