Tesla Among Small List Of Automakers Meeting Automatic Braking Goals
Though standard crash avoidance tech isn’t mandated and won’t be for many years, Tesla is already substantially ahead of most other automakers.
Back in 2015, ten automakers committed to voluntarily add standard automatic emergency braking (AEB) to all vehicles by September 1, 2022 (likely planned for the 2023 model year). The automakers included Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Within a year of the initial announcement, ten other automakers joined the initiative.
According to Consumer Reports, only 19 percent of all U.S. vehicles for the 2017 model year include standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just released its yearly joint report regarding AEB. For the 2017 model year, four automakers have already implemented standard AEB on 50 percent or more vehicles while six brands include it as standard on 30 percent of its vehicles. Tesla tops the list with 99.8% of its vehicles providing the tech as standard.
Mercedes-Benz is the only other automaker near 100 percent (96). Volvo and Toyota are next in line with 68 and 56, respectively. Executive vice president and chief research officer of IIHS, David Zuby shared:
“IIHS is pleased to see that automakers are steadily moving toward the shared goal of putting standard AEB into every new car they sell. This is a big win for safety on our nation’s roads, which will see fewer crashes and injuries because of this commitment.”
Automakers also submitted their first yearly progress reports to the IIHS-NHTSA group. The reported included all U.S. vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2016- August 31, 2017. Tesla only built a few vehicles that didn’t have both forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking as standard. The fact that the automaker had the feature turned off temporarily for validation doesn’t impact the results since it was successfully reinstated. Since then, another update has added high-speed AEB to Tesla’s entire global fleet.