Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is probably the most useful active safety feature on the market, according tomedia. It can quickly defuse a potential minor car accident. The good news is that almost all the big carmakers have signed a deal to deploy the technology by 2022 for all light vehicles (8,500 pounds or less). But there are already some All-Star-level automakers before this time frame arrives.
A survey by the American Association of Highway Safety Insurance (IIHS) of every carmaker that signed the voluntary agreement last month found that four carmakers, Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, met the standard two years in advance. In fact, the last two companies achieved that goal last year, which means they were three years ahead of schedule.
It is reported that each car from the four car manufacturers has installed AEB. According to IIHS, more than 9 million ausms were installed in AEB during the latest reporting period, up 30 percent from last year. However, this voluntary goal does not mean that the feature will become the standard for the cars of the future, and while more and more automakers are moving in that direction, “offering” and “standard” does not equate.
While IIHS lists four top students, a few fall behind, with only a third of vehicles such as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar Land Rover and Mitsubishi equipped with AEB.
“If these automakers continue to lag behind, it will mean the need for mandatory standards to ensure that every car buyer has access to this life-saving technology,” David Friedman, vice president of advocacy at Consumer Reports, said in a report for IIHS. “
The biggest increases were for Ford and Hyundai. In the last reporting period, Ford had only 6% of its cars equipped with AEbs, and now that number has risen to 65%, while Hyundai has risen from 18% to 78%. In addition, Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Subaru and Mazda are all doing well, with eight out of every 10 vehicles equipped with AEB.
Looking ahead, AEB’s next goal after 2022 is to weigh between 8501 and 10,000 pounds of vehicles. In a separate voluntary agreement, the carmakera agreed to a 2025 deadline. In response, IIHS predicts that in five years, the technology will prevent 42,000 crashes and 20,000 injuries.