Today, our society moves at an ever-evolving fast pace. With each new “gadget” or app to distract us, drivers are continually engaged in a separate activity while trying to maneuver a multi-ton steel machine through traffic. Minding, of course, pedestrians, cyclists, dogs, and everything else. According to a study done at Virginia Tech, driver error was behind 75 percent of crashes with distracted behavior as the underlying cause 68 percent of the time. However, with new safety technologies, there is hope against these kinds of collisions. One of these evolved technologies is automatic braking.

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In this safety concept, a vehicle with automatic braking features a combination of various sensors that will apply the brakes when a forward crash with another physical object is imminent. The system bypasses driver participation completely, when the driver fails to react to the sensor-detected danger. The integrated device sensors use radar, infrared, video and ultrasonic technologies. Out in the automotive market right now, automatic braking is an optional feature on only certain makes and models.

On a different take, another type of stopping design does not trigger actual braking. Instead, a sound warning is emitted when an impending crash is “sensed”. It can, perhaps, buy the driver precious reaction time. Often, a matter of seconds is all that’s needed to thwart catastrophic events.

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Research data from 2013 has shown that both type of stopping systems decreased accidents. The full-braking method reduced the amount of rear-end crashes by 40 percent, while the attention-grabbing warning lessened mishaps by 23 percent. The study’s team speculated that there would have been largely 13 percent fewer collisions had the systems then been standard equipment in all vehicles.

To evaluate Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) initiated a study to analyze its effects against crash statistics from documented police reports. For its front crash prevention ratings, IIHS engineers began testing the capabilities of AEB at the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center in 2013. The results indicated that vehicles equipped with front crash prevention systems are significantly less likely to trigger rear-end collisions than those conveyances that lacked it. It must be noted that testing scenarios involved slow speeds of 12 and 25 mph. New things on the horizon have researchers investigating how well such systems can recognize pedestrians.

Overall, the value of automatic braking systems should be obvious. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the IIHS recently announced plans that over 20 auto manufacturers have committed to integrate AEB systems as standard features in all their new models for the U.S. market by 2022. NHTSA lists the car companies as:

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 and Volvo.

Declaring that the automakers’ commitment was “unprecedented”, NHTSA further stated that their action would bring safety technology to “more consumers more quickly than would be possible through the regulatory process.”

 

Drive Safely!

 

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