Recommendations for Automatic Brake Systems to Reduce Car Accidents
February 17, 2015
At the end of January 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, announced plans by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to add additional recommendations to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP.) The NCAP gives consumers a safety checklist to compare vehicle safety features. The program has identified forward collision warning, lane departure notification and rearview video systems as three Recommended Advanced Technology Features that will prevent car accidents.
Under the NCAP, new recommendations include two innovative automatic emergency braking systems: crash imminent braking (CIB) and dynamic brake support (DBS.) These systems are on the cutting edge of technology, developed to prevent or reduce the damage of rear-end car accidents. Both emergency braking systems help drivers avoid car accidents by automatically applying the brakes or supplementing the brake pressure when an imminent crash ahead of the vehicle is detected.
According to 2013 statistics reports by the NHTSA, one-third of police reported car crashes were due to rear end collisions. The agency report also shows that a large number of rear end crashes were caused because drivers did not apply the brakes hard enough or did not apply them at all. The NHSTA hopes by recommending automatic emergency braking systems, the severity of rear end crashes will be reduced or these types of car accidents will be completely avoided.
Crash avoidance technologies are intended to become commonplace in today’s vehicles. Vehicle to vehicle communication (V2V), automatic emergency braking systems and other automated vehicle technologies have the ability to effectively reduce the number of car accidents throughout the country. The NHTSA plans for growth of the NCAP by continually implementing new safe car technologies encourages car buyers to factor these features into their car buying decisions. Moreover, the program urges manufacturers to make these new technologies widely available to the consumer.
According to new NHTSA research, safety technology features listed on the NCAP have been credited with saving over 600,000 lives since 1960. The NHTSA will continue to push the auto industry and other innovators to make our roadways safer with even better technology to protect drivers and passengers.
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