In recent years the automotive industry has begun to spread a very important safety technology, now present on a very good part of the new cars produced: it is called AEB, Autonomous Emergency Brakingand it is the system that allows the car to brake automatically in the event of an imminent collision.
L’European Union assessed the importance of the system AEB and has already decided to make it a few years ago mandatory on all cars produced from 2022 onwardsso in the next few years the automatic emergency braking system will become a function common to all cars, like seat belts and airbags.
In the United States, however, there are those who are wondering about the current validity of the safety tests that allow cars to receive the certifications that are often heard in car advertisements, such as the famous 5 stars EuroNCAP: today about85% of cars tested from IIHS, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, obtains the full marks regarding the AEB system, therefore there is a need to revise the test methodology to better differentiate the results and draw up a ranking of the cars that best apply the automatic emergency braking system.
The speed at which you travel is a major cause of accidents, and today AEB systems are tested at just over 40 km / h of speedwhile many countries around the world have significantly higher speed limits – just the 3% of rear-end collisions takes place in areas where the limit is less than 40 km / h.
For this reason the IIHS has decided to start testing AEB systems in the way more severeand it will do so initially on 6 cars brought at the speed of 72 km / h. In this way it will be possible to better test the behavior of the car in the event of sudden braking, and it will be easier to differentiate the cars based on the result obtained during the test.
The spread of systems such asAutonomous Emergency Braking it is very important to have safer roads for all, and the decision of the European Union to make the system mandatory will allow us to proceed much faster towards this result.