Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo have agreed to make automatic braking system which will be able to predict a potential collision and prevent it from happening or at least minimize the impact of the crash a standard requirement on all the vehicles that they produce. The automatic braking system is expected to use radar, laser or cameras to do the prediction. Apparently, the feature already exists but mostly in luxury cars or higher end models.
The news was announced by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last month. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is actually an auto safety group by the insurance industry. The agencies are working together with the automobile companies in order to come out with a timeline on the standardization process.
Adrian Lund, IIHS President said that most crashes involved driver error and that the technology could compensate for the mistakes every driver made because the systems were always on alert, monitoring the road ahead and never getting tired or distracted.
It seems that the technology is most effective on preventing rear end collisions which in 2012 is reported to cause 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries based on government statistics. Therefore, National Transportation Safety Board suggested that the automatic braking systems should be made as standard on all new cars and thus the above announcement was made.