Ten automakers have fulfilled a voluntary commitment to equip nearly all the new light vehicles they produce for the U.S. market with automatic emergency braking (AEB) — ahead of the 2022-23 target.
The ten manufacturers put the technology on more than 95 percent of the vehicles they produced between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020. Another three automakers exceeded the 90 percent threshold. However, five of the 20 automakers that signed the commitment equipped less than half of their vehicles with AEB.
Of the ten automakers that met the commitment ahead of schedule, four — Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Tesla — did so last year, according to manufacturer reports. This year, they are joined by BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
“This voluntary effort is succeeding in getting an important crash prevention technology into vehicles quickly,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “It’s great to see AEB become a mainstream safety feature that’s now standard equipment not just on luxury cars and SUVs, but on affordable models as well.”
In addition to the ten manufacturers already meeting the AEB commitment, another three — Ford, Honda and Nissan — put the technology on nine out of ten vehicles they produced in the last year.