US auto safety regulators have announced that 20 automakers have agreed to introduce automatic emergency braking as a standard equipment by 2022.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed in September that it made a preliminary agreement with 10 automakers for the introduction of automatic emergency braking systems as soon as possible as a standard feature. The safety agency also said it would take into account this system – which is able to automatically apply the brakes in anticipation of a forward collision – and other advanced technologies when giving its 5-star safety ratings. On Thursday, NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced “a historic commitment” by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the US auto market to make AEB a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than September 1, 2022.
The carmakers that signed the deal are Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA. NHTSA estimates that by taking this crucial safety step it will make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than could have been achieved through the formal regulatory process. During those three years, according to IIHS estimates, the commitment will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries.
Therefore, AEB will be standard on virtually all light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 lbs. or less beginning by 2022, and also on almost all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 lbs. and 10,000 lbs., beginning no later than September 1, 2025.