Of all the advanced technology auto manufacturers have added to their vehicles, automatic emergency braking systems are among the most effective new features. AEB systems can detect imminent accidents using radar systems and/or cameras. When it spots an object in the car's path, the AEB warns the driver with visual or audio alerts. If the driver still does not act, the car automatically brakes.
AEB systems can lessen the impact of an accident and can even prevent collisions from happening. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that auto manufacturers will put automatic emergency braking systems in every new car by Sept. 1, 2022.
Currently, affordable automobiles are incorporating AEB as a default component, rather than an add-on. Companies like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Kia are using AEB technology in many of their lower-priced sedans. Since the emergence of AEB systems a decade ago, it hasn't taken long for the auto industry to accept this technology as a standard feature.
Plenty of inexpensive automakers include AEB systems with the purchase of a brand new car. According to US News, the ten cheapest cars with automatic emergency braking are:
- 2018 Toyota Yaris – $15,635
- 2018 Toyota Yaris iA – $15,950
- 2018 Kia Rio – $16,900
- 2018 Nissan Kicks – $17,990
- 2018 Mazda3 – $18,095
- 2019 Honda Fit – $18,160
- 2018 Nissan Sentra – $18,275
- 2019 Hyundai Veloster – $18,500
- 2018 Toyota Corolla – $18,600
- 2018 Toyota Corolla iM – $18,850
What this means across multiple industries
Additionally, the amount of accidents and road fatalities should decrease dramatically. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, almost half of two-car collisions that occurred between 2012 and 2014 were rear-end crashes. Rear-end accidents accounted for the deaths of 1,700 people annually.
Increased accessibility to AEB systems is mutually beneficial to drivers and insurers.
Decreased accidents also mean less damage, which calls for less claims for insurers to deal with. This can save both the drivers and the insurance companies significant amounts of money. Implementing this technology is a plus for every party involved.
As an increasing number of automakers are using AEB systems in the manufacturing process, it is evident that these companies will need to run brake testing to keep this technology running smoothly. When your organization begins to incorporate AEB into every vehicle, look into a complimentary brake testing consultation from Greening.