Rear-end collisions in car crashes are the most often met type of incident on the U.S. roads as every 17 seconds a driver gets its car hit in the back.
For the past years, traffic safety regulators, insurance companies and automakers have tried to find a way to stop cars plowing ones into others with many accidents leading to fatalities, injuries and millions of dollars in repairs and increased premium.
The news are that ten of the world’s biggest carmakers together with federal safety regulators and an insurance industry trade group announced on Friday that automatic emergency braking will be a standard feature for car models sold in the United States.
The new systems will use on-vehicle sensors as radars, cameras or lasers to detect any potential crash and warn the driver, and if the motorist, for any reason does not react, they will engage the brakes.
Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony, said that “We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes happen.”
Brands like Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo have all each agreed to work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in order to develop a timeline for when to implement automatic braking as a standard features in all the cars to be sold in the U.S. At the moment, all the car companies involved stand for 57% of the U.S. car sales in 2014.
This announcement also brings the car industry closer to driverless cars. There are already numerous vehicles that include automated features such as cruise control that speeds or slows in the traffic, lane departure alerts that have steering assistance and high beams that change when there are no oncoming cars on the roads.