There are a lot of distractions in and outside vehicles today, automakers have taken notice and are incorporating more crash prevention technology in their automobiles.
In recent years, studies have shown that automatic braking significantly reduces road accidents. In a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released in January, it was estimated that automatic braking could cut rear-end crashes by 40%.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety forty percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. currently offer automatic braking, while 61 percent offer forward-collision warning.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earlier this year announced a commitment by 20 automakers representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. auto market will make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on nearly all new cars no later than 2022.
Automakers making the commitment are 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 Car USA.
Toyota’s pushing their timeline five years ahead of the agreed upon industry-wide deadline of 2022 announced that by the end of 2017, 25 out of 30 Lexus and Toyota models will come with its proprietary safety systems as a standard feature.
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