Automatic Braking Systems To Become Standard on New Cars in 2022
Car crashes and collisions happen suddenly, often giving drivers little time to respond. A driver slams on the brakes in front of you, a car pulls out in front of you in traffic, or unexpected delays causing sudden stops are all scenarios in which car accidents and injuries commonly occur. Automatic braking systems requiring little to no driver intervention promise to help reduce the number of these accidents that occur, and a new deal with automakers has safety advocates hoping that by making these systems a standard part of automotive safety equipment, the result will be a decrease in serious and potentially deadly accidents.
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an outspoken advocate of automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems, and states that they hold great promise in helping drivers avoid serious and potentially fatal accidents. These systems work by using a combination of radar, lasers, and camera sensors which help the system to detect when another driver is rapidly slowing or coming to a stop. The sensors activate the system, causing an alarm to sound to alert the driver. The braking system in the car is then activated, in one of two ways:
- Through dynamic brake support (DBS), which helps to supplement the driver’s own efforts at braking when a crash is imminent.
- Through crash imminent braking (CIB), which activates the brake system in the event a driver is unaware of an oncoming collision or takes no steps to avoid an accident. The CIB system itself will automatically apply pressure to slow the car down or bring it to a complete stop.
According to the NHTSA, the AEB system’s ability to slow the car down dramatically is enough in itself to potentially avoid the types of impacts and injuries that result from high speed collisions.
AEB Systems To Become Standard In New Cars
After prompting from the NHTSA, AEB are set to become standard in new cars beginning in 2022. According to a March 2016 USA Today report on AEB systems, 20 automakers, representing 99 percent of the automotive industry, have agreed to add the safety feature to new car lines beginning in September 2022. By agreeing to add AEB systems prior to being regulated, the agreement could potentially prevent as many as 28,000 accidents from occurring. While AEB systems are a new technology for drivers, the NHTSA asserts they are likely to become as familiar a safety feature as seat belts and airbags over the next 20 years.
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