The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced two new features to the recommended safety features for New Car Assessment Program. Both features are related to emergency braking. The first, Crash Imminent Braking (CIB) will apply brakes automatically when vehicle sensors detect a crash is about to occur and the brakes have not yet been applied. In turn, Dynamic Brake Support (DBS) increases the level of braking if the driver is not applying them hard enough.
The new recommendations follow on the heels of NHTSA data suggesting 33 percent of all police-reported crashes in 2013 involved a rear-end collision with another vehicle.
David Zuby, executive vice president and chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, says,
I think it’s good news… Our research is showing those technologies have been preventing crashes, so this shows that the government agrees that this is worth promoting to the public.”
The NHTSA will be collecting feedback from consumers and automakers on the new recommendations over the next 60 days.
Read more here- “U.S. Agency Plans to Add Automatic Brakes to Auto Safety Assessment,” (Eric Beech, Reuters)