The top American automobile regulator added two important advancements in braking technology to a list of recommended safety measures, likely paving the way for making these braking features mandatory in cars sold in the United States.
In a statement released Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that it would add crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The program is designed to help consumers make better choices about choosing safer cars.
Crash imminent braking, as the name implies, uses on-board sensors to detect when a crash is about to happen and then deploy the brakes if the driver has not already done so. Similarly, dynamic brake support increases the braking power if the driver hasn’t depressed the braking pedal sufficiently. These features are already available in some high-end cars.
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