Car crashes and collisions are a major problem on the nation’s highways, roads, and interstates. Rear end accidents and collisions are particularly common, and drivers who fail to react in time could find themselves and their passengers facing severe and even life threatening injuries. In an effort to reduce car accidents and injuries, U.S. automakers have agreed to begin featuring a new automatic emergency braking system as standard on cars beginning in 2022. This new technology promises not only to reduce accidents, but also to lessen the severity when a collision does occur.

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems The Latest Safety Feature

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEB) are set to follow in the footsteps of airbags and seatbelts in terms of becoming standard car safety equipment. According to a March 2016 report on AEB systems in USA Today, 20 automakers will begin adding this safety feature to their new car lines beginning in September 2022. Representing roughly 99 percent of the total automotive market, the automakers voluntarily agreed to install the systems, rather than waiting to be required to do so by federal regulation. Under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Institute for Highway Safety to act sooner rather than later, the agreement avoids a lengthy delay while new regulations were passed, and results in getting the AEB systems to the market three years earlier than previously planned. According to USA Today, this agreement could easily mean preventing more than 28,000 accidents from occurring.

How Automatic Emergency Braking Systems Work

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems may help to prevent serious and potentially fatal accidents through one of the two following ways:

  • Dynamic Brake Support (DBS): This feature works with drivers, by helping to supplement the driver’s braking efforts when an imminent crash or collision is detected.
  • Crash Imminent Braking (CIB): This feature works in the event the driver is unaware or takes no action to avoid an imminent crash. The AEB system will automatically activate and apply the appropriate amount of pressure to slow the car down or bring it to a stop.

The NHTSA explains that AEB systems work with a combination of radar, lasers, and camera sensors in order to detect when a driver is rapidly approaching a slower moving or stopped vehicle. If the sensors detect an accident is likely to occur, an alarm will alert the driver and the brake system will be activated, with or without the driver’s intervention. While the NHTSA hopes this new safety feature will help to reduce the number of serious and potentially fatal driving accidents on U.S. roads, the system’s ability to warn drivers and reduce their speeds alone is likely to be enough to lessen severe impacts and reduce the number of injuries sustained each year by millions of drivers and their passengers.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our experienced Florida car accident attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, we know the serious repercussions car accident injuries can have on every aspect of your life. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.