Automakers pledge to add automatic braking systems

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Automatic emergency-braking systems are coming to all new vehicles that are on the road. Unsurprisingly, it will take a while to happen.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which is supported by the automobile-insurance industry, announced that 20 automakers said they would make automatic emergency braking standard on all of their new vehicles. Automatic emergency-braking systems use cameras and radar or other sensors to anticipate a potential crash, alert you and, as a last resort, activate the brakes to prevent a collision or lessen the impact.

The automakers, which NHTSA says make up 99 percent of the U.S. automobile market, would have their systems in place no later than NHTSA’s 2022 reporting year, which begins Sept. 1. That means the 2023 model year.

NHTSA says the following automakers made the commitment: Audi, BMW, FCA U.S., Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

As we reported in our November 2015 report, “Auto Trends 2016 & Beyond,” automatic emergency-braking systems already are available as an option or standard on at least half of all new vehicles.