28 Jan '15, 7pm

U.S. Gov’t Wants Automakers to Put Self-braking Cars on the Road

U.S. Gov’t Wants Automakers to Put Self-braking Cars on the Road

Late last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced two new additions to the federal department’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which recommends advanced safety features. Foxx said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will push automakers to include two automatic emergency braking systems that it predicts will save thousands of lives each year. One, crash imminent braking, applies the brakes if the vehicle senses that a collision is about to happen and the driver fails to act. The other, dynamic brake support, kicks in if the driver does depress the brake pedal, but misjudges how much force to apply. It will supplement the driver's braking effort in order to slow the car before a collision or to at least lessen the severity of the crash. According to an NHTSA press release , the agency requested public comment in 2013 regard...

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