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Volvo first introduced its City Safety feature in 2008, marking the first time a production car could not only detect an impending impact but actually apply the brakes on its own to prevent a collision. As a sign of just how well it works, similar technology will become mandatory on all cars in Europe starting in 2014.
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is slowly working its way into more and more cars at a lower price point, and now the Euro NCAP safety ratings bureau has announced that starting in 2014, cars will have to include AEB as standard equipment if they hope to gain a five-star safety rating.