Mitsubishi Makes a Big Commitment to Automatic Emergency Braking

April 20th, 2016 by

 

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Think about how far the automotive industry has come within the last 50 years, especially when it comes to safety. Seatbelts have only been standard issue since the mid-1960s and airbags have only been federally mandated since late 1998.

Today, vehicles are safer than ever and the industry is making big steps to improve safety year after year. Recently, Mitsubishi signed on to a historic agreement pledging to make automatic emergency braking standard on its entire lineup by 2022.

This commitment included 20 automakers in the United States and was part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Automatic emergency braking can potentially help a driver avoid a potential collision, or at least make it less severe. These types of systems use cameras and radars to detect obstacles in the vehicle’s path and then if the driver does not respond in time, the vehicle will automatically apply the brakes and sometimes will even attempt to steer around the obstacle.

Imagine how many accidents can be avoided and potential lives saved when this technology is standard equipment across the industry.