NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety) and IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) announced that 20 automakers committed to make automatic emergency breaking a standard feature for all new cars by 2022. Among all the 20 automakers, it includes Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA.
Toyota and Lexus will have standard AEB by 2017 which is earlier than others. AEB has been already offered as part of Lexus Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense packages which offered in many of the automakers’ car models however it comes with extra charges to activate these options. By the end of 2017, all except Lexus GS, Toyota 4Runner and Toyota 86 (developed together with Subaru) will have AEB installed with no extra charges.
AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to predict an unavoidable car crashes and warns the driver beforehand. However, if the driver can not react fast enough then it will automatically apply the brakes. In this way, it could help in preventing car crashes or reduce the severity of the car accident.
NHTSA is also currently working on an advanced version of AEB technology as such it is also able to predict the potential collision with pedestrians.