Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) will be standard on the automaker’s most popular models.
Starting with the 2018 model year, the Nissan Rogue/Rogue Sport, Altima, Murano, Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima, Sentra (excluding manual transmission-equipped and all NISMO versions), and select Armada models will all come standard with AEB. Nissan expects the move to affect a projected one-million vehicles, up from roughly 450,000 currently on the road.
Previously known as Forward Emergency Braking, AEB uses radar technology to monitor a vehicle’s proximity to the vehicles ahead. It can warn the driver with audible and visual warnings so the driver can reduce the vehicle’s speed if a potential frontal collision is detected. The system will also automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to respond.
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Nissan said according to a 2013 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-third of all police-reported crashes involve a rear-end collision. Systems like AEB can help reduce injury insurance claims by as much as 35 percent, based on a 2015 report.
“The big news here is that we’re making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realizing our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”
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