For more than a decade, select brands of cars sold in the United States have come equipped with the option of Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) systems. When first introduced, cost of the technology had limited it to mostly luxury car models. But twenty of the biggest auto manufacturers will make the AEB safety option a standard feature by 2022.
This major move by the industry has the potential to significantly improve driving safety and reduce some serious accidents for U.S. drivers.
What Is AEB and How Does It Work?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls the AEB feature a major advancement for car safety, particularly in reducing the severity of rear-end collisions – the most common accident type. AEB systems sense an impending collision through radar, lasers, camera sensors, or a combination of these, and applies the brakes automatically for the driver.
Human reaction time, even with the best hand-eye coordination, is by nature not as quick or responsive as these sensor systems. The systems vary but are typically part of a forward collision warning (FCW) system, which can view further into traffic and function more quickly and at higher speeds than the driver.
FCW systems generally provide a hazard alert initially via a sound and/or visual aid, and then work to activate the AEB complementary system if the driver does not respond in time to brake. FCW systems also may include seatbelt locking technology to reduce injury from impacts, in conjunction with automatic braking.
Reducing the Severity of Collisions
The NHTSA’s research into this technology shows demonstrable improvements in reducing the instances of or the severity of a collision. Because of this, the NHTSA now includes it in its 5-Star Rating System for automobiles.
AEB only applies the brakes, so the driver will still have to steer around a potential crash. But even the significance of braking alone is shown to have a major effect. Because just milliseconds can make a critical difference in a car accident, at slower speeds AEB can even completely prevent a number of rear-end collisions, which statistics show are the most common type of car accident.
Standardizing New Features
The voluntary agreement among the 20 large automakers, which represents nearly all of the U.S. passenger car market, means that by 2022 it will be standard on nearly all cars and trucks with a vehicle weight of 8,500 lbs. or less. Larger weight vehicles will have until 2025 to implement the systems.
AEB and FCW are two of the newer automobile technologies being used to reduce and prevent accident injuries and fatalities which affect tens of thousands of drivers and passengers annually. The long-term effects of a serious automobile injury are financially costly, as well as devastating emotionally and physically to those involved – making accident prevention technology a key goal of consumer safety agencies.
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