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    Ten Automakers Agree On Making Automatic Braking Standard

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      Coming Soon: Automatic Braking Systems as Standard Equipment

    A group of ten automakers have agreed to equip all of their new vehicles with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system in the near future.

     

    Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo announced today they will work together with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on an agreement and timeline to make automatic braking standard on all of their models.

     

    AEB systems work to prevent or lessen the effects of a rear-end collision by detecting an imminent collision and apply the brakes to slow or stop the vehicle. This technology is becoming commonplace in more vehicles, but seemingly always as an optional feature. The IIHS says one percent of 2015 model year vehicle have AEB as standard while 26 percent have it as an option.

     

    “If technologies such as automatic emergency braking are only available as options or on the most expensive models, too few Americans will see the benefits of this new era,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. These 10 companies are committing to making AEB available to all new-car buyers.”

     

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    FAIL - Unless the have perfected a Positronic brain to take weather conditions into account, this will not work in many scenarios, I would not want a car to auto brake for me as it does not know what I might be trying to do.

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    OMG please no. Not another electronic think for you nanny. So what happens to this with the front end of your vehicle covered in ice or snow thus disabling some of the sensors? Speaking of ice what happens then? Does this system know enough to disable in temps below 34 degrees or so? If these manufacturers had a brain they would keep this as an option and not force it down everybodies throats.

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