AUTO BRAKING BY 2022? US transport officials and around 20 automakers have come to an agreement to fit auto braking systems to cars as standard by 2022. Image: Supplied
Washington - U.S. transportation officials and automakers say they've agreed to make automatic braking standard in nearly all cars within six years — by 2022.
Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says the voluntary agreement with 20 car manufacturers means that the important safety technology will be available more quickly than if the government had gone through the lengthy process of issuing mandatory rules.
Important safety tech
Automatic braking systems use cameras, radar and other sensors to see objects that are in the way, and slow or stop a vehicle if the driver doesn't react. It's the most important safety technology currently available that's not already required in cars.
Safety advocates have filed a petition asking the government to issue mandatory regulations. Those advocates say voluntary agreements aren't enforceable.