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Smart Brake Tech May Become Mandatory in Near Future

According to many car crash statistics, it is apparent that drivers did not fully engage brake pedal in rear-end collisions.

According to NHTSA data, 33 percent “of all police-reported crashes in 2013 involved a rear-end collision with another vehicle at the start of the crash. The agency also found that a large number of drivers involved in rear-end crashes either did not apply the brakes at all or did not apply the brakes fully prior to the crash.”

As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is adding crash imminent braking and dynamic braking support to its list of recommended advanced safety features for new cars.

Crash imminent braking uses on-board sensors to activate the brakes if a crash is imminent and the driver hasn't already pressed the brake pedal.  Dynamic braking support goes even further by increasing stopping power if you haven't depressed the braking pedal sufficiently.

Like so many other new active and passive safety technology that have been flooding into the new car market, these systems are already available on some models - typically on premium and luxury models.

"Adding [Automatic Emergency Braking] to our list of recommended features will encourage consumers to consider [Automatic Emergency Braking] as a factor in their new car purchase and encourage automakers to make this important innovation more widely available," NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in the statement. "NCAP is a critical tool for enhancing safety, so we are also looking at additional innovations to the program to capitalize on this exciting period of progress in safety technology."

Like The Los Angeles Times and Ars Technica note, this is far from becoming a mandate but that isn't out of the realm of possibilities. For example, backup cameras'll be required equipment on every vehicle come 2018.

Smart Brake Tech May Become Mandatory in Near Future Reviewed by Brandon on 10:46 PM Rating: 5

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