Automatic Braking to Become the New Standard

IIHS NHTSA

Great. Because other people can’t drive, those of us who can have to suffer. Ten major vehicle manufacturers are on board with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and U.S. Department of Transportation to make automatic emergency braking, or AEB, more widely available to consumers.

Wanna know who the ten manufacturers are? Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. There is no timeline of when automatic braking will be more widely available but all the agencies and manufacturers are working together to establish one. Also, it hasn’t been explained which trim levels would be required to have automatic braking.

Some of you may be asking, “Exactly what is automatic emergency braking?” Also referred to as AEB, it is a range of systems to help prevent rear-end crashes due to driver error. It uses on-vehicle sensors like radar, cameras, or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warns the driver, and, when necessary, engages the brakes.

IIHS President Adrian Lund said, “The evidence is mounting that AEB is making a difference. Most crashes involve driver error. This technology can compensate for the mistakes every driver makes because the systems are always on alert, monitoring the road ahead and never getting tired or distracted.”

Basically, the government just called us all non-driving morons. Not all of us are bad drivers, geez! A big “Thank You” shoutout to the people who actually can’t drive, you sleepy, distracted sh*theads!

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