New Car Safety Mandate: Automatic Emergency Braking Required by 2030

by AutoExpert   |  30 May, 2024

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Hey there, buckle up! We're getting deeper into car safety, where things are getting a little... weird. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hitting the brakes on car crashes with a brand new rule: all new cars are mandated to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) by 2030. This means that it automatically slams on the brakes to avoid accidents. Sounds like a win, right?

Well, hold on to your steering wheel. In May, the NHTSA investigated self-driving cars from Zoox because... they braked too suddenly. It's like they forgot the whole "avoid accidents" part! Here's the thing: AEB is like a training wheels version of safety. It helps human drivers avoid bumps and bruises. Zoox's self-driving system, however, is supposed to be Iron Man behind the wheel – super-aware and reacting in a flash.

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The current AEB systems are a bit dim-witted. They struggle to see in the dark or bad weather, and only react to accidents happening in slow motion. The new NHTSA rules are like giving AEB a brain transplant – it'll work at higher speeds and even spot pedestrians to avoid them.

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Here's the plot twist: Zoox's self-driving system already has all the smarts of the new AEB. However, it might be a little bit too cautious, as it hits the brake in such a manner that it causes rear-end collisions. 

Some folks are worried that even the smartest self-driving cars won't be perfect. They might have to choose between hitting something or swerving into danger – not exactly a win-win situation.

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But the good news is both AEB and self-driving cars are steps towards a future with fewer accidents. The ultimate goal is zero traffic fatalities, but like airbags (they saved lives, but had some kinks to work out!), it might take some time.

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The bottom line? AEB is a fantastic safety feature, and while self-driving cars might need some practice on the brake pedal, they're both headed in the right direction for a safer tomorrow. Let's just hope they learn to use the brakes a little smoother!
 

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