Automatic Emergency Braking Technology Is Becoming A Standard Feature

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Five more automakers still need to add it by next summer.

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a life-saving feature all new vehicles will be required to have by August 31, 2023 and, so far, 15 automakers have made it standard. Per the Associated Press and based on data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following automakers have reached this goal: Audi, BMW, Ford/Lincoln, Honda/Acura, Hyundai/Genesis, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan/Infiniti, Stellantis, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota/Lexus, Volkswagen (including our recently tested 2022 Jetta GLI), and Volvo. Who's not on this list?

That would be General Motors, Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, and Maserati. Automatic emergency braking, in case you didn't already know, is designed to detect objects in front of a vehicle and will slow down or completely stop the said vehicle if necessary in order to prevent a crash or, at the very least, lessen the severity of the impact.

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The IIHS claims that in order to earn its advanced rating, these systems must be able to slow a vehicle down by at least 10 mph in the 12 mph or 25 mph test, or by five mph in both tests. Supposedly, once all automakers commit to standard automatic emergency braking, some 42,000 crashes and 20,000 injuries will be prevented by 2025. The combination of forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking will be able to slice in half the number of rear-end crashes.

Despite not having the system standard on all of its new vehicles, GM says that 73% of its cars came equipped with the tech by the end of the current model year. That will increase to 98% by the end of the 2023 model year, assuming there are no supply chain problems.

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For its part, Kia 94% of its new vehicles came standard with the system for model year 2022 and will increase to 95% for 2023. Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche came in with roughly 75% of their respective new vehicles. However, Maserati actually dropped by 1% to 71% for 2022 but its entire lineup will have AEB standard for 2023.

A total of 20 automakers committed in 2016 to make AEB standard on nearly all new models as well as large vehicles, such as heavy-duty trucks. The latter commitment will take effect by the model year that kicks off in September 2025.

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