New cars in the US are about to be given a significant boost to safety, with a group of mainstream carmakers agreeing to roll out standard Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in all models.
The group of ten carmakers is collectively responsible for just less than 60 percent of new cars and light commercials sold in the ‘States, and the move ensures more drivers will soon have access to the technology in the US than ever before.
Typically, AEB can sense when a car is travelling too closely to the car in front at low speeds and a collision is imminent, before automatically applying braking to prevent the collision.
More advanced systems can also detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals, and will also slam on the stoppers if it believes the driver has insufficient time to react.
The carmakers currently on-board with the agreement include Volvo, General Motors, Toyota, BMW, Mazda, Tesla, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volkswagen. More carmakers have also expressed interest in joining the group.
Initially, the group will work with authorities such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to identify any irregularities in legislation before rolling out the technology in all new cars over the next few years.
“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring,” US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, speaking with Reuters.
The NHTSA supported the move, but declared that AEB should be compulsory for all new vehicles sold and that the rollout should happen sooner than is planned.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is also a strong believer in the benefits of AEB, saying earlier this year that the technology could cut collisions by 38 percent.
Furthermore, ANCAP recently teamed up with the Australian Medical Association to launch the ‘Avoid The Crash, Avoid The Trauma’ program, of which AEB is a key recommendation.