Phasing in automatic braking for cars
In this frame grab from video provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), taken in 2015, a vehicle closes in on a Strikeable Surrogate Vehicle (SSV) at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Va. Federal regulators and the auto industry are taking a more lenient approach than safety advocates would like to phasing in automatic braking systems for passenger cars, according to the official records of their closed-door negotiations. Systems that automatically apply brakes to prevent or mitigate collisions, rather than waiting for the driver to act, are the most important safety technology available today that’s not already required in cars. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via AP)
Official records of closed-door negotiations show that federal regulators and the auto industry are taking a more lenient approach than safety advocates would like in phasing in automatic braking for passenger cars.
That technology automatically applies the brakes to prevent or mitigate collisions, rather than waiting for the driver to act.
It's considered the most important safety technology available today that's not already required.
Federal safety officials say the technology should be standard in all new cars. But rather than issue regulations, the government is seeking automakers' voluntary agreement.
But safety advocates say voluntary agreements aren't enforceable, and it may take longer to get the technology into vehicles than if the government had mandated it.
- Editor:Justine | Source: The Associated Press
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