4 Must-Know Facts about Automatic Emergency Brakes (AEB)

Automatic Emergency Braking is a safety feature that brakes when a possible collision is detected. By 2022, Automatic Emergency Braking will likely be standard on all US cars.

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UPDATED: Jan 25, 2021

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  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) has been proven effective at reducing crashes
  • AEB is offered as standard or as an option on many vehicles
  • Ninety-nine percent of the American car market has pledged to make AEB standard by September 2022
  • There are several other safety features that use similar technology as AEB

The automotive industry has been developing innovative ways to keep drivers and passengers safe for decades. With the advancement of technology, car manufacturers have recently created safety features that sense and react faster than the driver in some circumstances.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) is one of these safety features that has reduced crashes and kept occupants safe.

Vehicles equipped with AEB will usually qualify for lower insurance rates than vehicles without this feature. No matter the vehicle you drive, comparing quotes will help you ensure you’re getting the best rate possible for insurance.

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#1 – AEB Has Proven Effective

Twenty-eight percent of accidents are rear-end collisions. Avoiding this type of crash would put a significant dent in accidents and injuries. AEB has proven itself to be an effective means of avoiding rear-end collisions.

Vehicles equipped with AEB use a camera, lidar, or radar sensor that monitors the surroundings and activates the brakes when it detects a possible collision.

Is Automatic Emergency Braking safe? The following are some numbers that have been crunched that show the benefits of AEB:

  • 1200 – Thatchum Research predicts AEB will save 1200 lives in the UK alone in the next ten years.
  • 50 – Research has shown that AEB has reduced crashes in equipped vehicles by 50 percent.
  • 10 – At least in the case of the Volkswagen Golf, new vehicles equipped with AEB see a 10 percent insurance savings compared to vehicles seven years old.
  • 50 – The percentage less impact experienced in a crash where a 30 mph speed is reduced to 20 mph is 50 percent.

The president and CEO of the National Safety Council, Deborah A.P. Hersman, believes that the implementation of AEB “has the potential to save more lives than almost anything else we can accomplish in the next six years.”

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#2 – AEB Is Optional on Over 20 Car Brands

Automatic emergency braking is a rather broad term that covers an array of braking systems. Some only activate at low speeds, others are effective at highway speeds. Each vehicle manufacturer develops their own specific system for automatic braking.

Some systems are accurate at predicting the need for and then implementing the brakes, while others annoy their owners with false alarms.

This technology is advancing and the importance of consumer satisfaction and device accuracy will most likely push manufacturers to fix these problems as quickly as possible.

There are a few manufacturers who offer AEB standard on most models, and there are several more that offer AEB as an option.

The Volvo XC90 is rated as the safest vehicle and boasts the following record:

In the UK, since hitting the market with AEB in 2002, with 50,000 vehicles sold, not a single person has been killed as a driver or passenger!

The following is a list of popular vehicle manufacturers and their makes for 2018 to 2019 and whether they offer AEB standard or as an option:

Car MakeAEB City SpeedsAEB Highway Speeds
AcuraOptional (ILX, RDX)
Standard (MDX, RLX, TLX)
Optional (RDX)
Standard (RLX, TLX)
AudiOptional (A6, A7, A8)
Standard on all other vehicles except
N/A Q3, R8, and TT
Optional on all models except Q3, R8, and TT
BMWOptional on all models except
Standard on 5 SeriesGranTurismo and i8
Optional on all models
CadillacOptional on all vehicles except N/A on Cascada and EncoreOptional on all vehicles except N/A on Cascada and Encore
ChevroletOptional (Bolt, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, and Volt)
N/A on all other models
Optional (Impala, Malibu, Suburban, Tahoe, and Traverse)
N/A on all other models
ChryslerOptional on all modelsOptional on all models
DodgeOptional (Charger, Durango)
N/A on all other vehicles
Optional (Charger, Durango)
N/A on all other vehicles
FordOptional (Expedition, F-150, Fusion, Mustang)
N/A on all other models
Optional (Expedition, F-150, Fusion, Mustang)
N/A on all other models
GMCOptional (Acadia, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Yukon, Yukon XL)
N/A on all other models
Optional (Acadia, Yukon, Yukon XL)
N/A on all other models
HondaOptional (Civic, CR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline)
Standard (Accord, Accord Hybrid, Clarity)
N/A (HR-V)
Optional (Civic, CR-V, Fit, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline)
Standard (Accord, Accord Hybrid, Clarity)
N/A (HR-V)
HyundaiOptional on all modelsOptional on all models
InfinitiOptional on all models except Standard on QX50Optional on all models except Standard on QX50
JeepOptional (Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade)
N/A (Wrangler JK and New Wrangler)
Optional (Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade)
N/A (Wrangler JK and New Wrangler)
KiaOptional on all modelsOptional on all models
LexusOptional (GX and RC)
Standard (all other models)
Optional (GX and RC)
Standard (all other models)
LincolnOptional on all vehicles except
N/A on MKC and MKT
Optional on all vehicles except
N/A on MKC and MKT
MazdaStandard on all vehicles except
N/A MX-5 Miata
Optional on all vehicles except
N/A MX-5 Miata
Mercedes-BenzStandard on all vehicles except
N/A on G-class, Metris, and Sprinter (passenger)
Standard on all vehicles except
N/A on G-class, Metris, and Sprinter (passenger)
MitsubishiOptional on all models except
N/A on Mirage
N/A on all models
NissanOptional (Armada, Rogue Sport, Sentra)
Standard (Altima, Kick, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue)
N/A on all other models
Optional (Armada, Rogue Sport, Sentra)
Standard (Altima, Kick, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue)
N/A on all other models
RAMN/A on all modelsN/A on all models
SubaruOptional (Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, Crosstrek)
Standard (Ascent)
N/A (BRZ)
Optional (Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, Crosstrek)
Standard (Ascent)
N/A (BRZ)
ToyotaStandard on all vehicles except
N/A on 86 and 4Runner
Standard on all vehicles except
N/A on 86, 4Runner, Corolla iM, PriusC, and Yaris
VolkswagenOptional on all vehicles except
N/A on Beetle
Optional on all vehicles except
N/A on Beetle
VolvoStandard on all modelsOptional (S60, V60)
Standard on all other models
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#3 – AEB Will Be the New Standard for Almost All Vehicles in the U.S.

Twenty vehicle manufacturers (99 percent of the U.S. market) have voluntarily pledged to implement AEB on virtually all their vehicles by September 2022.

The commitment is specifically to implement AEB at city speeds and does not apply to heavy-duty trucks. Heavy-duty vehicles between 8,501 and 10,000 pounds are to have AEB standard by September 2025

Along with making AEB standard, manufacturers have also agreed to install a front-collision warning system.

The front-collision warning system will alert the driver to the potential threat and if the driver doesn’t react in time, the AEB will activate.

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety negotiated the voluntary commitment and Consumer Reports will monitor compliance.

NHTSA believes that manufacturers will be in compliance with the voluntary commitment three years earlier than they would have been under formal regulatory process. In those three years, NHTSA estimates the following:

  • 28,000 crashes will be avoided
  • 12,00 injuries will be prevented
  • General productivity will increase as the result of less time spent in post-collision traffic jams

Leading the way towards compliance are Volvo, Toyota, and Mercedes.

#4 – Safety Features Similar to AEB Are Also Advancing

Along the lines as AEB, innovations in technology have also led to other vehicle safety features that “sense” potentially harmful situations. Some of these features include:

  • Blind Spot Warning – Provides notification of a vehicle in your blind spot
  • Forward Collision Warning – Provides an alert when sensing an imminent potential front collision
  • Lane Departure Warning – Alerts the driver when the vehicle crosses traffic lanes
  • Rear Automatic Emergency Braking – Automatically brakes when sensing an imminent potential collision while backing up
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – Specifically useful in a parking lot, this option alerts the driver to approaching cross traffic when the driver attempts to pull out of a parking spot

Safer-driving technology is a win for everyone. If a collision is avoided, you’ll be saved from the potential injuries as well as the headache of dealing with a vehicle that needs repair.

Another positive effect is the lowered car insurance rates that accompany safer vehicles and less accident risk. If you have a vehicle with AEB, make sure your insurance company rewards you for this feature. Compare quotes to see if another company would be better for you.

Regardless of what vehicle you drive and the safety options it has, compare quotes today by entering your zip code below to see how much you could save by switching car insurance providers.

References:

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-43752226
  2. https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cars-with-advanced-safety-systems/
  3. https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/where-automakers-stand-on-automatic-emergency-braking-pledge/
  4. https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/aaa-study-sheds-light-on-aeb-systems/
  5. https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/automatic-emergency-braking-guide/
  6. https://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/u-s-dot-and-iihs-announce-historic-commitment-of-20-automakers-to-make-automatic-emergency-braking-standard-on-new-vehicles
  7. https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/automatic-emergency-braking-guide/

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