NHTSA releases AEB system requirements to be implemented by 2029

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released automatic emergency braking (AEB) system requirements that will be required in new cars sold in the United States by September 2029. 

The NHTSA released the final version of the new regulation on Monday, April 29, 2024.

“Part of how I think we’re going to turn the corner on the unacceptable level of roadway deaths that we just lived with for my entire lifetime is through these kinds of technologies. We need to make sure we set high performance standards,” said Buttigieg. 

The NHTSA’s AEB system regulations apply to all light vehicles with a gross weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less in the United States. Under the new regulation, AEB systems in new cars must stop and avoid contact with vehicles in front of them up to 62 miles per hour. The systems must also be able to detect pedestrians during the day and at night. The regulation also requires AEB systems to automatically apply brakes up to 90 mph when a collision with a lead vehicle is imminent or up to 45 mph when a pedestrian is detected. 

Thus far, the NHTSA has tested 17 vehicles under the new requirements, and only one has met them: the 2023 Toyota Corolla with cameras and radar. 

The new regulation is expected to prevent rear-end and pedestrian collisions and significantly reduce the nearly 40,000 traffic deaths estimated to occur each year. 

“The new vehicle safety standards we finalized today will save hundreds of lives and prevent tens of thousands of injuries every year. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is not only making historic investments in transportation, it’s also ushering in a new era of safer travel by ensuring new cars and light trucks are equipped with automatic emergency braking, making our roads safer for drivers and pedestrians alike,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

According to the Associated Press, nearly 90% of new vehicles in the United States come standard with an AEB system. Most automakers make cars with AEB systems under a 2016 voluntary agreement. NHTSA’s new regulation would set specific standards that AEB systems must meet.

Read the final version of the NHTSA AEB regulation below!

NHTSA Releases AEB System Requirements to Be Implemented by 2029 by Maria Merano on Scribd

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NHTSA releases AEB system requirements to be implemented by 2029
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