As auto makers race to make autonomous driving vehicles, major strides in vehicle safety are being made along the way. One such win is the recent industry-wide agreement to standardize autonomous, or automatic, emergency braking in new vehicles. The technology can cut rear-end crashes by up to 40 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, announced auto manufacturers have agreed to make autonomous braking a standard feature in all new vehicles by 2022. Most major auto makers participated in the commitment. The deal is a milestone for the industry, bringing this safety technology to new vehicles as a standard feature nearly two years faster than a government mandate would have.

Today, fewer than 10 percent of new vehicles are equipped with automatic emergency braking as a standard feature.

Source: Auto Week