To ensure pedestrian safety, the United States plans to mandate that the vast majority of passenger cars be equipped with AEB

US plans to mandate AEB on most passenger cars for pedestrian safety

【PhoneAuto News】The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States has recently proposed a new regulation that requires almost all passenger cars in the United States to be equipped with automatic emergency braking systems (AEB). The organization predicts that this measure will save the lives of more than 360 people each year.

Vehicle equipped with AEB

“Today, we have taken an important step forward in saving lives, making our roads safer for all Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Just as innovations like seat belts and airbags have helped improve safety in previous generations, requiring automatic emergency braking on cars and trucks will make us all safer on the road.” According to the proposal, the new rule will require vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds (4,536 kg) to be equipped with AEB systems within three years after the final rule is issued. However, the rule will undergo a 60-day public comment period before being finalized.

For vehicles equipped with AEB systems, the system will automatically brake when the vehicle determines that a collision is about to occur. This can help to completely avoid the collision or at least reduce the severity of the collision when it occurs. Although up to 90% of new cars in the United States are equipped with AEB systems, regulatory agencies hope to establish a minimum standard to improve their effectiveness, especially when driving at night.

“We have seen the benefits of AEB systems in some passenger cars, even at lower speeds, and we hope to expand the use of this technology to save more lives,” said Ann Calson, chief legal counsel for the NHTSA. “That’s why the rule we propose will require all cars to be able to stop and avoid collisions with vehicles in front of them at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.”

It is reported that the new regulations also require the AEB function of vehicles to be able to recognize pedestrians, and it needs to be able to achieve emergency braking at a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour at night. The new rules were introduced as part of the Ministry of Transport’s national road safety strategy, which aims to address the “crisis of traffic deaths and serious injuries” it describes.

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