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U.S. Cars Adding Automatic Emergency Braking Systems by 2022

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Recent headlines report that 20 United States automakers have agreed to begin adding automatic emergency braking systems to all newly manufactured cars, beginning in September 2022. Billed as the next great advance in automotive safety, car makers agreed to the addition after urging from national safety experts that the systems could increase overall driver safety and result in a decrease in potentially fatal car accidents and injuries. The following is important information you need to be aware of regarding automatic emergency braking systems, and how they could potentially protect you and your loved ones from serious injuries.

How Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Work

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems hold tremendous promise in helping to avoid car crashes and collisions that result in serious and potentially fatal injuries to millions of drivers and their passengers each year. These systems work with laser, radar, and camera sensors to detect when a collision is about to occur. The system alerts the driver and activates the vehicle braking system, both with or without driver intervention. AEB systems work in two ways:

  1. Dynamic Brake Support (DBS): If a driver fails to brake hard enough to avoid a crash, DBS automatically kicks in to supplement the driver’s braking efforts.
  2. Crash Imminent Braking (CIB): If a driver takes no action to avoid a crash or collision, the CIB system automatically applies the brakes to slow or stop the car.

The NHTSA claims that the above features have the combined effect of helping to prevent car accidents, while also lessening the severity of any collisions that do occur. Consumers can find out more information on AEB systems and how they work to prevent accidents on the NHTSA website, SaferCar.gov.

Automakers Announce AEB Systems To Be Added on All Vehicles

A March 2016 news report on AEB systems in USA Today states that after urging from the NHTSA and the Institute For Highway Safety, 20 U.S. automakers, representing 99 percent of all car manufacturers, will now begin adding AEB features to their new cars beginning in September 2022. This new safety technology is the latest in a line of safety features, such as seat belts and airbags, to be developed and implemented as standard on all vehicles. While the automakers could have waited for new regulations forcing them to adopt AEB features on new models, it would have likely resulted in a three-year delay before the systems hit the market. According to USA Today, by voluntarily agreeing to the change, the deal could translate into as many as 28,000 accidents being prevented.

Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you care about is injured in a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys provide compassionate, effective legal representation when you need it the most. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for your injuries, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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