Technology, when used at its best, can help prevent the road crashes.
There is a good news for Americans as ten major global carmakers have committed to install automatic emergency braking as their standard feature in all their cars in order to prevent the road accidents that occur too often due to non-application of brakes.
This technology is already available as an option in high priced cars where on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers detect a possible head-on collision and give warning signs to the driver to take immediate action in terms of applying brakes.
If the driver fails to do so, then automatic brakes are applied which result in preventing an accident.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, attended an event hosted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and made a statement saying that now our focus is to prevent the accidents from even taking place on the first hand rather than protecting the occupants after they are injured.
If automatic emergency brakes are available only as an option on costly models, then very few people can take its advantage.
The ten automakers who have committed to incorporating automatic emergency braking in their cars are Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
With the implementation of this technology, it is estimated that around 80% of the rear-end accidents can easily be prevented that cause 1,700 deaths and half million injuries in a year. It will also reduce the insurance injury claims by 35%.
The announcement didn’t tell exactly that when will this change be implemented. But we are looking forward to a completely new safety step to be advocated pretty soon.