Japanese automaker is one of 20 manufacturers to make the pledge to the NHTSA

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is currently available on almost all Subaru models as optional equipment, but come 2022, that technology will become standard on all of the company’s models. That was the pledge made by Subaru, along with 19 other automakers, to include the technology on all of its models lines by 2025.

Subaru made the commitment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in response to increasing calls to have safety features become standard instead of being labeled as optional equipment. The AEB technology is unique because the system can act on its own and apply the brakes in the event the driver doesn’t take action early enough to prevent a crash. It has even been determined through numerous tests that it can significantly reduce the severity of a crash or prevent it completely. According to the NHTSA, standard AEB systems could reduce rear-end crashes by as much as 40 percent by 2025.

Subaru, for its part, promised to have AEB standard on its models three years ahead of the NHTSA’s suggested timetable, which the agency believes would be the earliest it could actually implement a regulatory requirement for the system. Hopefully, Subaru and the all the other automakers who made this pledge come through on this promise.

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Why it matters

I wholeheartedly agree with what U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. It’s about time that the industry as a whole did something in the best interest of customer and vehicle safety. If anything, emergency braking systems on cars should have been made standard by now, or at the most, earlier than the NHTSA’s suggest 2025 timetable. But I’m not going to complain now because if Subaru and the rest of the automakers that made this pledge are true to their word, then it should be, as Secretary Foxx said, a “win for safety and a win for consumers”.

There comes a point in them wherein things like consumer safety should take precedence over the business side of the industry. I’m happy that a lot of companies are beginning to feel the same way. Let’s just hope that these pledges remain true for all those parties involved.

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Press Release

Subaru announced today that Automatic Emergency Braking will be standard on nearly all new models sold in the United States by 2022.

Subaru is one of 20 automotive manufacturers, representing more than 99 percent of the U.S. new-car market, that committed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to include this advanced driver assist technology on all of its model lines.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) helps prevent crashes or reduces their severity by applying the brakes for the driver. The system uses on-vehicle sensors such as radar or cameras to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver, and apply the brakes if the driver does not take sufficient action quickly enough.

Based on mounting evidence that AEB effectively reduces crashes and injuries in the U.S. and around the world, NHTSA and IIHS issued a challenge to the industry in September 2015 to encourage automakers to voluntarily make AEB a standard feature. Subaru, renowned for safety, durability, and reliability, accepted the challenge.

IIHS research shows that AEB systems meeting the commitment would reduce rear-end crashes by 40 percent. IIHS estimates that by 2025 – the earliest NHTSA believes it could realistically implement a regulatory requirement for AEB – the commitment will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries. Subaru pledged to meet this goal three years in advance.

“It’s an exciting time for vehicle safety. By making emergency braking systems standard equipment on their vehicles, these 20 automakers will help prevent crashes and save lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It’s a win for safety and a win for consumers.”

AEB technology is currently available on nearly all Subaru models as optional equipment. The 2016 Subaru Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, WRX and Crosstrek are all available with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. These 2016 models, when equipped with EyeSight, earned the 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. These vehicles are six of only 54 that took home the award by receiving the highest possible rating in all five crashworthiness evaluations and achieved a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention.

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