The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has recently announced that they wish to recommend several new safety technologies for all cars.
The NHTSA wants to add automatic emergency braking devices to the list of all recommended safety features. It is not clear when or if these devices will make it onto the list however.
The first device is for crash imminent braking. This feature will stop the car if sensors detect that a crash is possible. The second device is called dynamic braking and will add force to the brakes if a crash is possible and the driver has not applied enough force to avoid an accident.
According to the NHTSA, in 2013, approximately 1/3 of all traffic accidents were the result of rear end collisions. They believe that adding devices to vehicles with cameras and radar to track traffic and/or objects will decrease crashes.
Currently, the NHTSA would like to recommend three advanced technology safety features for car buyers.
1. Forward Collision Warning
2. Lane Departure Warning
3. Rear View Cameras
The rear view cameras feature will be required on all light vehicles in May of 2018.
These features could significantly curb the amount of accidents on the highway if implemented across the board. However, the cost of some of these features may be costly.
The NHTSA will make an annoucement soon on whether it will officially add these new features to the recommended safety list.