The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is growing closer to calling for laws making automatic braking systems in cars mandatory.
Automatic braking systems use radar and cameras to monitor what is ahead of the vehicle, and will operate the brakes if a collision is deemed imminent.
Some companies, such as Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, already offer these types of systems, which NHTSA says save lives. In a study undertaken by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, people put in insurance claims 16 percent less often for S60 sedans equipped with the feature when compared to other mid-size luxury sedans.
In 2011, NHTSA ordered automakers to install electronic stability control on every single vehicle, and it looks as though automatic braking systems will be next.
[Source: Automotive News]