Federal safety regulations do not require car manufacturers to install automatic emergency braking systems in their vehicles, but government officials say this form of crash-avoidance technology is becoming increasingly standard among some automakers.
Four of the 20 automakers that have pledged to make automatic emergency braking standard in their vehicle by September 2022 say that the technology became standard already in more than half of their 2017 model-year vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The automakers that are producing the majority of their vehicles with automatic emergency braking standard are mostly luxury brands: Tesla (100 percent), Mercedes-Benz (96 percent), Volvo (68 percent), and Toyota (56 percent). Subaru is making just under half – 47 percent – of its vehicles with the technology standard.
But it’s the big producers that are actually putting the most vehicles with automatic emergency braking on the road, even though they produced less than half their fleet with the technology in 2017. Toyota was the leader with 1.4 of its 2.5 million 2017 vehicles with automatic emergency braking. General Motors (GM) was second with 551,777 of 2.8 million vehicles, followed by Honda with 492,330 of 1.6 million vehicles.
Some automakers made little to no progress, NHTSA said. Fewer than 10 percent of 2017 vehicles sold by Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi have automatic emergency braking. Zero percent of Jaguar, Land Rover, and Porsche had the technology in its 2017 vehicles.
“The growing number of vehicles offering automated emergency braking is good news for America’s motorists and passengers,” says U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “With each model year, manufacturers will increasingly utilize technology to allow vehicles to ‘see’ the world around them and navigate it more safely.”
By 2025, the commitment to produce all vehicles with automatic emergency braking will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).