The Coming Extinction of Rear-End Collisions

Honda Accord Safety TestThey happen with disturbing frequency on America’s roads: rear-end collisions. But these destructive, from-behind bash-ins may soon go the way of 8-track players and the Jheri curl, thanks to an agreement recently forged among various leading automakers to implement automatic emergency braking in most of their vehicles by the year 2022.

Automakers’ Agreement

The following top auto industry players have voluntarily agreed to standard implementation of automatic emergency braking onboard their vehicles:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • FCA US LLC
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Kia
  • Maserati
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi Motors
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • Subaru
  • Tesla Motors Inc.
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo Car USA

Through the agreement, as confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost all of North America’s light-duty cars and trucks will offer standard emergency braking systems by Sept. 1, 2022. Vehicles that must comply by that date include cars and trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less. Trucks that have a gross vehicle weight of 8,501 to 10,000 pounds will have until Sept. 1, 2025, to comply.

The agreement was forged through the combined efforts of NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in working with the automakers.

Voluntary compliance will reduce the implementation date for this safety measure by approximately three years, which is the estimated added length of time it would have taken to impose the measure through regulations. During those three years, an estimated 28,000 crashes, resulting in approximately 12,000 injuries, would have taken place that will now be prevented.

In taking this step, it is anticipated these automakers will prevent thousands of future collisions and save numerous lives.

Saving Money as Well as Lives

The widespread implementation of automatic emergency braking is anticipated to save money for consumers as well as saving lives.

With such a huge increase of vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking taking to America’s roads, the technology’s effectiveness and inherent impact on insurance losses can be further evaluated. This is likely to inspire insurance companies to implement discounts or lowered premiums for motorists who opt to get behind the wheels of these safer vehicles.

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