Accidents, injuries, deaths and vehicle accident repair costs will decline thanks to this noteworthy commitment. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 20, 2016 Auto Emergency Braking demonstrations plus the aftermath both with and without. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), announced a historic commitment with 20 major automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on all new cars no later than September of 2022. The commitment means that these new safety technologies will be available to more consumers more quickly than would be possible through any regulatory process. Auto Emergency Braking systems help prevent crashes or reduce their severity by applying the brakes for the driver automatically. The systems use on-vehicle sensors including radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and apply the brakes if the driver does not take sufficient action expeditiously. NHTSA estimates that the agreement will make auto emergency braking standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the formal regulatory process. The IIHS estimates the early commitment will prevent 28,000 accidents and 12,000 injuries over those three years. By making auto emergency braking systems standard equipment, it will prevent tens of thousands of crashes and save thousands of lives. Based on mounting evidence that auto emergency braking reduced crashes and injuries, NHTSA and IIHS issued a challenge to the automotive industry in September 2015 to encourage automakers to voluntarily make auto emergency braking a standard feature. With road fatalities on the rise, the commitment has the potential to save more lives than anything the safety organizations can accomplish via regulatory means over the next six years. The commitment will make auto emergency braking standard on virtually all light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 lbs. or less beginning no later than Sept. 1, 2022. Auto emergency braking will be standard on virtually all trucks with a gross vehicle weight between 8,501 lbs. and 10,000 lbs. beginning no later than Sept. 1, 2025. The commitment will not slow or hamper the evolution of auto emergency braking technology or autonomous driving advances that are just now beginning to emerge. The current performance measures are based on real world data showing that vehicles with this level of capability are avoiding crashes. All-in, few accidents mean safer roadways and lower overall crash repair costs for all of us. Automakers making the commitment include the following: Audi BMW FCA Ford GM Honda Hyundai Jaguar/Land Rover Kia Maserati Mazda Mercedes-Benz Mitsubishi Nissan Porsche Subaru Tesla Toyota VW Volvo NHTSA will accelerate its own R&D on more advanced auto emergency braking applications, including systems that reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians. In December, NHTSA announced plans to rate AEB systems and other advanced collision avoidance technologies under its 5-Star Safety Ratings criteria beginning in the 2018 model year.