Automatic emergency braking is slated to prevent hundreds of truck accidents involving commercial trucks every year after the federal administration proposed installation of these devices on all heavy trucks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a notice of proposed rule-making that would require all commercial vehicles to have automatic emergency braking systems on board. The goal of this rule would be to significantly reduce the incidence of rear -ender truck accidents involving commercial trucks and tractor trailers.
Automatic emergency braking systems are also available on passenger vehicles, and work by using sensors to detect if the vehicle is in danger of a collision with an object. The system uses sensors to detect an auto accident threat, and moves to apply the brakes if the driver has not already done so or to increase the emergency braking power if the driver has already applied the brakes. The system thereby works to help prevent a collision with another object or vehicle.