NHTSA Adds Recommendations for Emergency Braking

When you buy a new or used vehicle what is one of your primary concerns? Understandably, what features are aboard is important along with the fuel efficiency offered and exactly how good you look sitting inside the vehicle, but most important should be the safety of the vehicle. With so many advances in safety features for any auto maker to take advantage of it’s a wonder not all vehicles have a full list of advanced safety features aboard to help us make sure our precious cargo can ride along in safety and security.

The NHTSA (National Highway transportation Safety Administration) has announced it plans to add two new automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems to their list of recommended advanced safety systems. This is all part of the new future New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) which is designed to help see these technologies and many more adopted as standard offerings across the entire automotive industry. U. S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx stated “ Today marks and enormous leap in the evolution of auto safety by encouraging adoption of new technologies to keep drivers and their passengers safe on our roads.” This statement was made to help the beginning of using all the advanced features that can be included on vehicles to become included in them.

The two new AEB systems that have been recommended are the crash imminent braking (CIB) and the dynamic brake support (DBS) systems. These braking system are designed to help the driver avoid a crash that would the result of a rear-end impact. These systems both rely on forward-looking sensors that help to determine when a crash is imminent and engage to assist the driver in avoiding any such collision. The CIB system engages when the crash is detected and a driver has not begun to brake at all and the DBS system comes into play when the force applied by the driver will not be enough to get the job done by adding a supplemental braking to help stop the vehicle sooner.

Since 1960, the Fatal Accident Reporting System shows evidence that advanced various safety technologies have saved over 600,000 lives since 1960, making any and all safety advances that can be added to vehicles well worth the additional cost. NHTSA Administrator, Mark Rosekind agreed with Foxx ‘s statement by informing “Adding AEB to our list of recommended features will encourage consumers to consider AEB as a factor in their new car purchase and encourage automakers to make this important innovation more widely available.”

Currently the NCAP includes three Recommended Advanced Technology Features including forward collision warning, lane departure warning and a rearview camera. All three of these current technologies are designed to help drivers avoid crashes by giving more information to the driver than they can gain by just having their mirrors to rely on. Adding AEB to the list will only help to enhance the safety aboard any vehicle and make them even more capable of avoiding any collision and help to keep everyone inside safe and secure.

This strong stance on safety from these two men and the continued advancements in the safety technology makes it very evident you will be able to purchase vehicles fully equipped with both AEB systems in the very near future. With a vehicle loaded with safety features that you look great sitting and full of all the equipment you desire you are sure to feel great about your future purchase of a new vehicle once all the advanced safety is aboard.

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