Japanese car manufacturer Toyota have stated that almost every vehicle sold by Lexus and Toyota will be fitted with automatic emergency braking.
A reported 25 out of 30 Lexus and Toyota models will be fitted with the safety systems as standard, using radars, laser beams and cameras to help prevent collisions at different speeds.
In recent years, studies have shown that automatic braking reduces road accidents significantly. In a study released at the start of this year, it was estimated that automatic braking could reduce rear-end crashes by as much as 40%.
Another study claimed it could reduce insurance injury claims by 35%, which is another significant figure.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America said in a recent statement, “High-level driver assist technologies can do more than help protect people in the event of a crash; they can help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place.”
This move would put Toyota five years ahead of the industry-wide agreed deadline of 2022, when 20 car makers will make automatic breaking a standard feature on all new cars. The deadline was announced last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Toyota announced that they would be rolling out a “brake override system” in 2009 after the company had to recall four million vehicles over issues with unintended acceleration.
In a following court case, it was found that Toyota didn’t want to call the system a “safe stop” in order to avoid the promise that the software could deliver driver safety.
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