Automakers Equipping Vehicles with Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic Emergency Braking is the Future

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about 10 automakers equipping more than half of the vehicles they produced between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 with automatic emergency braking (AEB). This is the second wave of updates on the progress of these automobile manufacturers as they work towards equipping every new passenger occupant vehicle with crash avoidance technology by 2022.

The companies involved are all high-volume automakers. Honda, Nissan and Toyota are involved. Additionally, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo all report 93 percent or higher conformance with the voluntary commitment, and Tesla had 100 percent.

Toyota Steps up in Crash Avoidance Technology Manufacturing

At this time, Toyota is the top automaker in terms of total number of vehicles produced with AEB. According to the NHTSA, Toyota equipped 2.2 million (90 percent) of its 2.5 million vehicles with AEB. Nissan and Honda follow behind with 78 percent and 61 percent of vehicles produced with AEB, respectively.

This data is being reported as part of a voluntary commitment by 20 automobile manufacturers. The ultimate goal is to equip virtually all new light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less with a low-speed AEB system that includes forward collision warning  (FCW) and crash imminent braking (CIB) to help prevent and mitigate front-to-rear crashes.

Improving Roadway Safety With Crash Avoidance Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that the commitment to introducing these crash avoidance technologies will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries by 2025. AEB systems with both FCW and CIB reduce rear-end crashes by half, and FCW alone can reduce them by more than a quarter.

The target is to get all new light-duty cars and trucks equipped with this technology by 2022. As it stands, automakers are working ahead of schedule. That being said, some automakers haven’t been conforming to the AEB commitment. Jaguar Land Rover didn’t report any vehicles with AEB.

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