NHTSA Adding 2 Automatic Braking Systems to NCAP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administratin (NHTSA) has announced that they will be adding two advanced automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems to the recommended advanced safety features included under its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). These two systems include crash imminent braking (CIB) and dynamic brake support (DBS).

NCAP is the NHTSA’s crash test program, whose results are mandated to be included on the window sticker (Monroney) of every new vehicle sold in the United States. The addition of the braking systems is part of a broader attempt to update the NCAP program to make it more relevant to newer vehicles for consumers as well as give encouragement to manufacturers to make proven safety systems more standard. The two AEB systems being added to the NHTSA program are already included in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)  crash test assessments as part of its Front Crash Prevention rating program.

“Adding AEB to our list of recommended features will encourage consumers to consider AEB as a factor in their new car purchase and encourage automakers to make this important innovation more widely available,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “NCAP is a critical tool for enhancing safety, so we are also looking at additional innovations to the program to capitalize on this exciting period of progress in safety technology.”


Aaron Turpen
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