Nissan to make automatic emergency braking standard in one million US cars

Automatic emergency braking

Automatic emergency braking

It said about a million of the company's cars and trucks will have the advanced safety technology, up from its current count of about 450,000 vehicles for 2017. Together, they account for about two-thirds of Nissan's US sales. The Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, Sentra, Maxima, Leaf, Murano and Pathfinder will get the feature that was previously optional or part of an option package on certain trim levels.

Most of Nissan's 2018 model year vehicles sold in the United States will have automated emergency braking as a standard feature, the automaker announced Thursday.

Such camera or radar systems (Nissan's is radar-based) warn of an impending crash and apply the brakes automatically if the driver does not react, avoiding a collision at lower speeds or mitigating its severity at higher speeds. "Once they have it and experience it activating just one time, they can't live without it".

Nissan sources the braking technology from two global suppliers - Robert Bosch and Continental AG.

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NHTSA said the voluntary agreement should make the feature standard about three years faster than a formal regulatory process would have. And a number of automakers are making automatic emergency braking standard on its most popular configurations.

Previous year 20 automakers representing 99 percent of USA new-car sales signed a voluntary agreement with the government to make the feature standard on all light vehicles by September 1, 2022. "That's something we want to embrace as part of our stated commitment to reach zero fatalities".

He said that the rest of Nissan's product line will receive the standard safety feature in the next years, depending on individual vehicles' schedule for product changes.

"The technology is becoming more accepted in the market", said Bunce. "We will continue to roll it out until we have it on 100 percent of our models".

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