There has been a unanimous decision taken by the major auto makers in the United States to sell new cars with standard automatic emergency braking. Safety is the topmost concern for all the auto manufacturers and hence they have decided to make their autos safe for travel. This is going to be the auto industry’s biggest move towards safety after the technology was accepted to prevent rollovers over 10 years ago.
The new U.S. vehicles that will be coming out for sale will now have the automatic emergency braking standard in place, no matter if it’s a luxury sedan or a midsized crossover or a compact hatchback.
The car manufacturers who accounted for more than 57% of the total car and light truck sales in the United States last year have joined hands with regulators and the insurance people to come out with a new collision preventing braking technology that will be made available across all the lineups for the next few years.
The auto manufacturers who have joined hands to come out with a standard emergency braking system in their cars are: Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Tesla Motors Inc, General Motors Co, Volkswagen and luxury car brands like Volvo AB, Audi, BMW and Daimler AG’s Mercedes Benz.
This effort from the car makers will be overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency has said that this initiative took shape in the last two weeks. There are more and more car and truck manufacturers who are thinking of joining this auto safety program to offer their customers with better safety standards for their vehicle.
The analysts are of the opinion that redesigning of the electrical and braking systems of the most popular cars will not be an easy process. It will take its own time and will need a few years to come into implementation. The automotive technology suppliers’ who can profit from this initiative are: Delphi Automotive Plx, Continental AG, Denso Corp, Autoliv Inc and Robert Bosch GmbH.
This idea is similar to the earlier moves made by big manufacturers in the auto industry. Chrysler was the first auto major to install airbags on its vehicles in the late 1980s. The other auto companies followed suit. Similarly, Ford and GM decided to come out with an antiroll over technology standards for most of its SUVs in 2000’s. All vehicles now have made stability control mandatory.
This new auto emergency braking standard will also come into practice one day.