What is Automatic Emergency Braking?
Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is a safety system that can identify when a possible collision is about to occur and responds by autonomously activating the brakes to slow a vehicle prior to impact or bring it to a stop to avoid a collision. The technology commonly uses radar, cameras, or LiDAR to identify threatening situations. The slower the vehicle is traveling, the more likely it is that the automatic emergency braking system can bring it to a stop to prevent a collision.
The first AEB systems appeared on luxury cars in the mid-2000s. Now, the technology is common across all makes and models as well as price classes. In accordance with an agreement between automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), by September 1, 2022, nearly all new vehicles sold in the United States will have the technology as standard equipment.
Since AEB first appeared, automakers have offered numerous systems with varying levels of capability. Whether you are buying a new or a used car, it is crucial for you to know which type of system your vehicle has so that you know what to expect while driving.