Automatic Emergency Braking Required for Vehicle Manufacturers Starting in 2029

Automatic emergency braking reduces motor vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently finalized a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard that will make automatic emergency braking standard on all passenger cars and light trucks by September 2029.

The automatic braking standard is anticipated to significantly reduce rear-end and pedestrian collisions. NHTSA is projecting that it will save at least 360 lives per year and prevent at least 24,000 injuries annually.

Automatic Emergency Braking: How it Works

Automatic emergency braking systems use sensors to detect when a vehicle is close to crashing into a vehicle or pedestrian in front of it. They automatically apply the brakes if the driver has not done so. Pedestrian automatic emergency braking technology will detect pedestrians in daylight as well as darker conditions.

Technology Requirements

This technology is proven to reduce crashes. Many new vehicles already come equipped with automatic emergency braking. The new standard requires cars to be able to stop and avoid contact with a vehicle in front of them at speeds up to 62 miles per hour. Systems must be able to detect pedestrians in daylight and darkness. The standard also requires the system to apply brakes automatically up to 90 miles per hour when a collision with a lead vehicle is forthcoming and up to 45 miles per hour when a pedestrian is detected.

You can learn more about this new safety standard in the NHTSA’s press release.

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