Automatic Braking to Become Standard Equipment by 2022

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and virtually all of the major automakers have agreed to voluntarily install automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on all new cars by 2022 and heavier SUVs and pickups by 2024. AEB systems use lasers, radar and/or cameras to sense potential collision hazards. The system can make a sound warning to the driver and then proactively activate the brakes if necessary. Studies indicate that AEB systems have the potential to prevent accidents or reduce the severity by as much as 50%. The systems are already available on a number of vehicles. 

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