Automakers agree to make the feature a standard in US cars within the next six years.
Every car owner in the United States will be equipped with automatic emergency braking by 2022. The United States auto industry has entered an ‘unprecedented’ pact with federal regulators.
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According to the pact automatic emergency braking will be a standard feature within the next six years. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 20 automakers entered the pact.
The automakers make up nearly the entire U.S. auto market. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was also involved in the pact. The automatic brakes are a feature of the so-called AEB systems.
The system uses on-car sensors through cameras, lasers and radar to detect an imminent crash. The system then applies the brakes if the driver response is slow.
The system is a technological march towards autonomous vehicles. The AEB system will now be standard on cars and light trucks by 2022, according to LATimes.
As of now 17.5 million cars and light trucks were sold in the United States since last year. The pact would ensure the technology is available to more people faster than through the regular procedure.
Auto makers who entered the pact are Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Kia and Tesla Motors. The presence of automatic braking in cars reduces rear-end crashes by about 40%.
Unfortunately the pact was not accepted by all as a solution. The pact came under renewed attack from some consumer-safety groups. According to the groups instead of automatic braking there should be stricter regulations.
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The AEB system cost from several hundred dollars to more than $2,000. The actual cost depends on the type of car and feature. If the system becomes standard there will definitely be a surge in the prices of cars.