Almost every vehicle on US highways will have built-in autonomous emergency braking by 2022, according to an announcement made Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A long list of 20 automakers have voluntarily signed an agreement to add the braking system to their vehicles within the next six years. Discussions between vehicle producers and the NHTSA began last year when the organization asked companies to consider installing the technology in vehicles without a mandate to do so.
The agreement means more than 99 per cent of light-duty cars and trucks leaving the production line will have AEB by 2022, with heavier vehicles weighing more than 8,500 tons to follow.
Automatic Emergency Braking utilizes cameras, radar and sensors to spot objects and react faster than the driver can. While it’s already optional in vehicles, it hasn’t yet become the norm for manufacturers to install the technology in every vehicle.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says highway accidents will decline drastically once AEB is implemented.
“It’s an exciting time for vehicle safety,” he said in a statement Thursday. “By proactively making emergency braking systems standard equipment in their vehicles, these 20 automakers will prevent thousands of crashes and save lives.”
The new brake system is expected to prevent at least 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and cut rear-end crashes by a whopping 40 per cent.
Automakers on board with the agreement are: Audi, BMW, FCA, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Telsa, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.