Toyota is among ten automakers who are pledging to make auto-braking standard in its new vehicles, marking one of the largest auto safety announcements since the introduction of standard airbags in the 1980s.
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a technology that uses a combination of radar, lasers, and cameras to monitor and detect potential collisions, and automatically applies the brakes to lessen the effects or eliminate an impact. The technology, once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, has proven incredibly successful, now making its way into just about every size car. Now, autonomous braking systems are more affordable and available than ever before.
It could take several years for these automakers to get the technology in all of their cars, but Toyota has said that by the end of 2017 at least it will offer automatic braking systems in option packages for almost its entire lineup.
“We are entering a new era of vehicle safety, focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just protecting occupants when crashes begin,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in an IIHS statement.
Here at Capital Toyota, we expect that this announcement will encourage other automakers to jump on the bandwagon. Look for automatic braking systems to become more available in the coming years!