What is the new emergency braking system?

In an effort to bring the number of car accidents down, 10 automakers have agreed to have automatic emergency braking on all of their new vehicles. This is being done with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Instead of having the breaks applied after the accident, this new system brings in a new era of highway safety because the breaks will be automatically applied in an emergency situation. Can you imagine the impact this will have on the number of car accidents in Tennessee alone? All 10 car manufacturers are putting this system on all new vehicles, not just as an option on the most expensive models.

The 10 companies, Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo, have all agreed to work with the agencies (DOT and IIHS) to make this new addition happen as soon as possible. It may even be available for the new 2016 models. IIHS and DOT are soliciting other car makers to see if they too would like to come on board and make the new braking system a regular add-on for all their vehicles.

The new braking system will help drivers avoid rear-end crashes when they either don't apply the brakes soon enough or they fail to apply enough pressure to bring the car to a complete stop before an accident occurs. The new system will use sensors such as cameras, radar or lasers to foretell an oncoming crash and warn the driver. If the driver fails to take immediate action, the system takes over and applies enough pressure to the brakes to avoid a crash.

You know how frightening it can be when you are in a car accident. Being aware that this new system is available is wonderful news, but what do you do if you have already been involved in an accident? Talking to a professional can give you vital more information about your next steps.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "DOT and IIHS announce historic commitment from 10 automakers to include automatic emergency braking on all new vehicles," Oct. 11, 2015

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