Automatic emergency braking will become standard equipment on some models coming from the US market, as has recently agreed a group of ten automakers. It is not known whether this measure will also be seconded in Europe.

Automatic emergency

A large group of car manufacturers are including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo have reached a tentative deal to equip all new vehicles with braking technology Automatic emergency as equipment series . They will work with the security agencies National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (National Security Administration of the US Traffic, NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in the coming months to negotiate the details of the agreement and a timetable for implementation.

Systems automatic emergency braking sensors use radar or laser cameras that detect an imminent collision, automatically applying the brakes to slow or stop the car if the driver does not react in time. This technology can be applied increasingly to more models, but usually as an optional extra and with a fairly high price. According to the IIHS, only 1% of the cars of 2015 include standard automatic braking, while 26% include it as optional.

“If technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on more expensive models, few drivers can test their benefits,” said the US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx. “These 10 companies are committed to the automatic emergency braking is available to all new car buyers. ”

The agreement with car manufacturers poses an implicit others who are not part of the compromise, including Nissan, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia and Subaru challenge. The Department of Transportation has encouraged all automakers to incorporate this Freehand emergency “as soon as possible.”

Analysts say it could take several years car manufacturers to redesign electrical and braking of its models to install the automatic emergency braking systems. The beneficiaries of the widespread adoption of this system could be suppliers of technology, such as the case of Continental AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Delphi Automotive Plc, Denso Corp. and Autoliv Inc.