A feature that goes by many names, you have probably heard of auto emergency braking, or AEB, if you have been paying attention to recent car commercials. Called “Active City Stop” by Ford and “PRE-SAFE Brake” by Mercedes-Benz, AEB systems use sensors, lasers and cameras to monitor for potential collisions, alerting drivers to danger on the road and applying the brakes independently if needed.
A popular addition that more and more manufacturers are offering in their vehicles, research has found that 35 percent of rear end crashes could be avoided completely with the help of AEB systems. And a recent announcement ensures that this feature will be available for everyone in the years to come.
On Thursday, March 17, twenty auto makers and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced their commitment to making auto emergency braking a standard feature in all vehicles by September of 2022.
An agreement that will reduce rear end crashes by 40 percent, the addition of AEB systems as a standard feature will help to improve safety for drivers across the country as we draw nearer to the start of completely autonomous vehicles. Almost all vehicles with a weight of less than 8,500 lbs. will be affected by this ruling, and trucks about 8,500 lbs. will have to include AEB systems as a standard feature by 2025.
Called, “…a win for safety and a win for consumers,” by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the addition of AEB systems into all new vehicles is something that we at PermaPlate are very excited about.
Whether your vehicle has an AEB system or not, PermaPlate is here to ensure that it is running its best with our pre-paid maintenance program. To learn more about this and other PermaPlate programs, visit us online or call us at 800-453-8470 to find a dealership near you that carries our products.