New Crash Avoidance systems are coming to the U.S auto market.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently made a historic announcement. They have entered into an agreement with 10 major U.S. auto manufacturers that have committed to making automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on all new vehicles. The 10 manufacturers, and their name for the AEB systems are:
1: Audi (Pre Sense Plus)
2: BMW (Driving Assistance Plus)
3: Ford (Active City Stop)
5: Mazda (Smart City Brake Support)
6: Mercedes-Benz (PRE-SAFE Brake)
7: Tesla (Active Safety)
8: Toyota (Pre-Crash Safety System)
9: Volkswagen (City Emergency Braking)
10: Volvo (City Safety)
What is AEB?
Auto Emergency Braking (AEB) is a vehicle safety technology has the potential to prevent a crash or reduce the impact speed of a crash. It is not the same as Emergency Brake Assist, that only works to increase the braking pressure to assist stopping as quickly as possible. Emergency Brake Assist does not detect hazards.
-Alert the driver to an imminent crash and help them use the maximum braking capacity of the car and – -Apply the brakes independently of the driver if the situation becomes critical
How Does AEB work?
AEB systems use sensors, radar, laser or cameras to monitor for risk an detect potential collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians or hazards. Each AEB system will vary in how it functions. Most systems will provide a warning (audible and/or visual) to the driver. While it is important to note that AEB systems only assist the driver, some will deactivate if avoidance action is being taken by the driver.
AEB has been found to reduce the number of rear end crashes by 54% by slowing down and lowering the severity of the crash, and by 35% or rear end crashes completely avoided.
It is important to note that AEB systems and functionality varies by manufacture in their effectiveness in different road conditions, speeds, features, and costs.