Automatic Braking to become standard in US by 2022
Road safety activists in the US rejoice. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had issued a challenge to automakers in September 2015 to make Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a standard feature. The result? Twenty automakers have committed to incorporate the system as standard on all its new cars latest by 2022.
Who all have signed up, you ask? Well, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo have confirmed participation. These automakers combined, represent more than 99 per cent of Uncle Sams automotive market.
And what exactly is AEB? For the uninitiated, it is a safety system that reduces the severity of crashes or prevents them altogether by applying brakes for the driver, if it senses a collision is about to take place and no brakes have been applied. It senses the surroundings by means of on-board tech that includes sensors, radars, cameras or lasers.
The benefits expected are immense. IIHS estimates that once this agreement is in full force, it will help prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries. All this is good provided the carmakers stick to their commitment. And to make sure they do, the IIHS and NHTSA have roped in Consumer Reports as its watchdog.
Getting into the nitty-gritty, automatic braking will be applicable on all light-duty cars and trucks weighing not more than 3,856kg, before September 1, 2022. Following this, all trucks weighing between 3,856kg and 4,536kg are expected to have automatic braking three years later.
Wondering when will something like this happen in India? With ABS and airbags still fighting to be offered as standard in 2016, 2030 perhaps?