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Automatic Braking Could Soon Be Standard on All Cars

by on June 10, 2015
in Car Tech & Safety, News, Travel & Entertainment, Blog :: 2 comments

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Car in front-end collisionAutomatic braking technology could soon become standard equipment on all vehicles. This week, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators make crash avoidance systems mandatory on all new cars sold due to its potential to save lives.

“Safety should be a basic feature rather than an option we have to purchase and that only the wealthier buyers can afford,” argues NTSB chairman Christopher Hart.

Automatic braking systems use a network of cameras and lasers to detect other vehicles while on the road. If a driver gets too close to another vehicle or pedestrian, the system will stop the car automatically. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the smart car tech reduces the incidence of crashes by 15 percent.

Of course, there’s a cost to this car safety technology. General Motors currently makes automatic braking available as an option as part of a larger $1,200 package; Toyota has begun rolling it out in their vehicles as an $300 to $500 option. That may seem like a lot of money, but it’s an investment in safety – the tech could save you from a far more expensive repair bill down the road. And while automatic braking is expensive now, it will only get cheaper as the tech evolves, advances and is mandated for inclusion in all vehicles.

No specific timeline has been announced for when, if ever, automatic brakes will be mandated on vehicles in the United States. In April 2014, the NHTSA issued a new rule requiring backup cameras on all new cars sold after May 2018. A rule requiring crash avoidance systems would likely have a similar timeline, so don’t expect the feature to become standard until the end of the decade.

[Front-impact collision via Shutterstock]

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From Richard Thompson on July 16, 2015 :: 1:20 pm

I had no idea that the automatic brake technology was being concerted as part of the standard equipment for all vehicles. I love the idea of all cars having more safety features, especially if it helps lower the incidence of crashes by 15 percent! However, I am a college student and the price of the safety features is totally out of my price range. I don’t know how I would be able to afford it. But if it won’t be until the end of the decade will then maybe I could afford it. Overall, I am very excited about the safety feature.


It's good to see that

From webbrowan on May 16, 2016 :: 5:01 am

It’s good to see that the newer safety technologies that are being invented are working well enough to be included as standard equipment on a car. It gives us a lot of confidence that it will become safer and more reassuring to be in a car on the road.


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