NHSTA 5-Star Vehicle Safety Rating System Updated to Including AEB Systems

By 2018, automatic emergency braking systems (AEB systems) will be included in the 5-Star Vehicle Rating System “as a recommended safety technology” for passenger vehicles made in 2018 (and beyond), officials at the National Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced.

As part of its commitment to advancing roadway safety, the NHTSA has updated its 5-Star Rating system to include AEB Systems, a St Louis auto accident lawyer explains.

As part of its commitment to advancing roadway safety, the NHTSA has updated its 5-Star Rating system to include AEB Systems, a St Louis auto accident lawyer explains.

This update to the 5-Star Rating System was a foregone conclusion to some, as the NHTSA reportedly announced back in September that 10 major automakers agreed to include AEB systems on all new vehicles they produce.

Commenting on the system update, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx noted that:

We are adding automatic emergency braking features to the 5-Star Rating System because crash-avoidance technologies can save lives and should be widely accessible… AEB can substantially enhance safety, especially with the number of distracted drivers on the road.

Why AEB Systems? The NHTSA Explains…

If your vehicle doesn’t have an AEB system or if you have never used one of these systems, the fact that the NHTSA added AEB systems to its 5-Star Rating System may be puzzling.

However, as regulators have pointed out, about 1 in every 3 traffic accidents that occurred in 2012 was a rear-end collision and “crash avoidance and mitigation technologies like AEB systems could help” mitigate the damage and injuries caused by these accidents, if not prevent them altogether.

Officials have also pointed out that AEB systems can come in two varieties (either or both of which may be installed on newer vehicles):

  • Crash imminent braking (CIB) – This feature applies the brakes when, using radar, sensors and/or cameras, the system detects that a crash may be about to happen but the driver isn’t responding in any way to try to avoid the accident.
  • Dynamic brake support (DBS) – This feature applies the brakes to support the driver’s application of the brakes when a crash may be imminent and the driver’s braking force is alone not sufficient to avoid the collision.

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