NHTSA Promotes New Auto-Braking Systems

NHTSA Promotes New Auto-Braking Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added two automatic-braking systems to its list of recommended safety features as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). 

Both crash imminent braking (CIB) and dynamic brake support (DBS) are now NHTSA recommended technologies, a move that the organization hopes will spur automakers into widespread inclusion of these systems. “I want this Department, the entire automotive industry, and other innovators to keep raising the bar on safety like we are doing now,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Crash-test scoring and a car’s star rating will not be affected by whether or not it has these auto-braking features. Rather, NHTSA provides a checklist to consumers of safety systems that have demonstrated themselves as effective and these systems have been added. Currently, NHTSA recommends forward collision warning, lane departure warning and rearview video systems.

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Both of these auto-braking systems offer support to drivers by intervening with the brakes when a collision is sensed. CIB will automatically apply the brakes when an imminent crash is detected while DBS supplements the driver’s braking efforts to at least make the crash less severe. One-third of all police-reported crashes in 2013 involved a rear-end collision, a statistic that NHTSA is hoping to curb by recommending these new technologies.

This is the first step for NHTSA in updating the NCAP program so that it “encourages both consumers and automakers to develop and adopt advanced vehicle safety technologies,” said the agency.