If implemented, NHTSA’s plan would recommend to consumers various vehicle models that are equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems, which can enhance the driver’s ability to avoid or mitigate rear-end crashes. For many years, NCAP has provided comparative information on the safety of new vehicles to assist consumers with vehicle purchasing decisions. NCAP was upgraded beginning with model year 2011 vehicles to include recommended crash avoidance technologies in its program. Including this information in NCAP allows consumers to compare not only the level of crash protection afforded by certain vehicles they are considering to purchase, but also the types of advanced crash avoidance technologies that are recommended by the agency to help them avoid crashes.
NHTSA will be taking public comments on this measure through March 30, 2015. For more information, please click here.