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Emergency Braking Technology to be Standard in US by 2022

Published On Apr 06, 2016By Prashant Talreja

The United States recently underwent a voluntary agreement involving all auto-makers in the country, which requires all vehicles sold in the near future to be incorporated with a new safety system. Known as the forward collision warning system, it comes along with an automatic emergency braking system that helps to prevent collisions. The facility is expected to be available as standard affair among all models in the coming few years, with a target of 2022.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this target makes the process faster than it would have been if the body had enforced the new regulation among vehicle makers.

The various companies would be setting their own timeline to integrate the systems. However, most of the firms would be expected to work towards advancing their safety programs in the coming few years. The 2022 target would apply strictly to vehicles within 8500 pounds. Vehicles exceeding the rating would be given a longer period to fulfil the requirements. However, the new system would be implemented on a country-wide standard by 2025.

Reports claim that the new system could reduce mishaps on the road drastically, potentially creating a much safer road environment where thousands of lives are saved. Estimates suggest that rear end collisions would be cut by nearly 40 percent. The technology uses radar scanning and cameras to foresee an upcoming collision, and works to avoid the damage by activating the vehicle's safety systems. With the failure of the driver to act responsively enough, the system automatically applies the brakes, thereby deterring a crash or at the least, eliminating the full impact of the crash.

The technology is expected to be processed as standard for the upper variant levels among model trims initially, before being absorbed into the entire range at a later stage.

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